Complex shape electroforming
One of the chief concern of any engineer or designer is the speed and cost at which they can get their innovations to market. Complex shape electroforming is the choice manufacturing process as it is by far the most economical method of using metal to produce thin, strong, and ultra-precise parts of a complex shape.
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From the automobile to the aerospace, the plastics processing and jewellery industries, this innovative process has proven to be the best solution for the production of complex shapes from metal. It allows designers to capture complicated part geometries and precise surface structures.
Suitable metals for complex shape electroforming include Gold, Silver, Copper, Chromium, Nickel, Palladium Nickel, and Tin (bright or matt). Each metal have their own properties that make them suitable for the micro-precision process. While it uses technology that is similar to that of electroplating, electroforming differs from that process in that it is used for manufacturing metallic articles rather than for surface coating.
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Complex shape electroforming plays a very significant role in our modern world. The degree to which it impinges on our everyday life is far greater than we may realise.
Electroforming is not a new process. Records of the first application date back to 1840.