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Electroplating a print

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by mark tomlinson, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. mark tomlinson

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    BronzeFill is excellent. Expensive, but excellent. If you want the weight and feel of metal it is ideal.
    If you just want the metal surface then the electroplating is a much cheaper alternative.
    In fact, once we have conductive filament it will be an EASY and safe alternative.
    The only real downside to it at present is the chemicals needed to get the graphite layer onto the plastic for the start of the plating process.
    Those are not healthy for children and other living things. :)

    Given that you could electroplate with batteries (rather than a special power supply) it could be even cheaper.
     
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    P.S. it is not quick either. I would say you want 2-5 hours to get a decent plated surface (the longer you go the better the coating). The larger the object the more current you want to use to do the plating. For this small test object we never went above 1/4 amp.

    However it is not something you need to monitor closely.
     
  3. Ben R

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    My neighbor used to do that type thing for custom car parts... He would take a plastic part and do anything from gold leaf to electro plate copper, chrome, silver, gold, zinc ... whatever.
    Real simple, just very prone to showing your poor prep work.

    It can start to form its own crystalline structure after a while, ruining your original shape.
     

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