In recent years Interplate has added electroforming to its list of processes for industrial or decorative products.
Electroforming is a metal forming process that deposits and builds up a uniform layer of metal (electrodeposition) around a base form, or model, of up to a 10mm thickness. The model is removed or dissolved once the forming is complete and the result is a lightweight hollow piece of metal.
What is the model made of?
The model can be made of different materials, metallic or non-metallic, plastic, wax, aluminum and more. It can either be disposable if using for a specific coating process, or multiple-use if used to make unlimited copies on a production line.
Interplate has recently started machining plastic models using three-dimensional printing for electroformed components with industrial applications and decorative, sculptural purposes.
Advantages of electroforming
Electroforming is advantageous where extreme tolerances and precision are required and is highly effective where complexity and size are factors. In general, the process is highly practical and cost effective, since the model is copied without the need to invest in individual coating. Once finished the electroformed industrial components are sent for plating whether in gold, silver or black passivation.
We make the jewelry industry shine
Many artists, jewelry manufacturers and Judaica companies use this process for production lines or one-of-a-kind pieces. You can form a ring in a less expensive metal and then have it plated in a high carat gold, for example. Interplate offers a wide variety of finishes from silver to gold to rhodium plating and provides the highest level of execution to ensure integrity, beauty and durability.