Electroplating is an electrochemical process that uses electrolysis and which allows a non-conducting piece to be covered with a metal deposit or to reproduce the shape of a non-metallic object in metal.
Electroplating means the coating of non-metallic surfaces (made conductive with appropriate treatments) with metallic layers that reproduce the geometry of the piece.
Non-conductive components (PEEK, PS, ABS, PC, PC / ABS, PMMA, PA, etc.) processed with this technology can be coated with metallic layers (gold, copper, nickel, chrome, etc.) that reproduce every detail and make conductive surfaces of the piece and greatly improve the resistance to temperature, corrosion, protection of moisture absorption, allowing the use in more aggressive and corrosive environments that would not be possible with the original plastic parts.
The electroplating provides for the laying of thin layers of metal on surfaces built with 3D prototyping system via FDM process, this process can be decorative or functional. The coating gives a rigid and moisture-resistant surface with reflective properties.
The second use of the electroplating is the aesthetic one to get a design and finishing touches with noble materials to meet the needs of the customer.
Product sectors: furniture, sports, electronic, chemical, medical, lighting.