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Six Factors that Affect the Cost of a Thin Film Deposition System

Our customers use our custom thin film deposition coating tools for a wide range of applications from thin film lithium Ion batteries to combinatorial materials development, high temperature superconductors, semiconductor, optical, and tribological materials, etc. Although we divide our coating technologies into four categories—sputtering, evaporation, pulsed laser deposition (PLD), and chemical vapor deposition (CVD)—the range of features and combinations that we offer create an unlimited number of possible coating system configurations. The complex interconnection and dependencies among features make it impossible to determine a system's cost from a general description. That said, at a very simplistic level, there are six factors that have a high impact on the cost of a deposition tool. In no specific order, these are:
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