If you look carefully at any of our equipment photos, you will find a small rubber ducky placed somewhere on the deposition tool. These ducks have become PVD's informal mascot, and we include one of our ducks with every deposition system that we ship. We often tell clients that the machine is free, but the duck costs $1,000,000! You may be wondering, what on earth do ducks have to do with thin-film deposition equipment? Well that’s a funny story.