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Electrodeposition

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Electrodeposition is a long standing and highly valuable manufacturing process used to alter surface properties of optical components.

Also known as electroplating, electrodeposition is a process where a metal component is overlayed with another type of metal through ion exchange in order to modify its surface properties. Optiforms primarily uses electroplating to enhance reflectivity of precision optical components.

GROOVES AND BLIND HOLES
PINS, FINS, AND RIBS
V-GROOVES AND SHARP PROTRUSIONS
DEEP SCOOPS AND LARGE PROTRUSIONS
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SHALLOW FEATURES ARE EASIER TO CONTROL FOR THICKNESS AND UNIFORMITY

BLIND HOLES ARE TYPICALLY EXEMPT FROM MINIMUM THICKNESS REQUIREMENTS

DEEP AND NARROW FEATURES ARE DIFFICUlT TO CONTROL AND OFTEN REQUIRE SPECIAL MEASURES TO ACHIEVE TARGET THICKNESS.

WIDE FEATURES ARE EASIER TO CONTROL FOR THICKNESS AND UNIFORMITY

HIGH CURRENT DENSITY AREAS TEND TO PLATE THICKER

LOW CURRENT DENSITY AREAS WILL PLATE THIN

TALL AND NARROW FEATURES ARE DIFFICULT TO CONTROL AND OFTEN REQUIRE SPECIAL MEASURES TO ACHIEVE TARGET THICKNESS

SHARP GROOVES ARE TO BE AVOIDED IF POSSIBLE

SHARP PROTRUSIONS SHOULD HAVE GENEROUS RADII TO AVOID EXCESS BUILDUP

DEEP SCOOPS AND CUT-OUTS TAKE MUCH LONGER TO BUILD UP

LARGE PROTRUSIONS ROB MATERIAL FROM SURROUNDING FEATURES

ROUND CORNERS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED WHEREVER POSSIBLE FOR MATERIAL UNIFORMITY AND STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY
LARGE FEATURES ADD A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVING UNIFORMITY AND INCREASE PLATING TIME DRAMATICALLY

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Aerospace & Defense
Medical
UV & Semiconductor
Specialty Lighting
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