Exhaust Manifolds Diagram
Manifolds consist of a large pipe or channel into which one or more smaller channels lead.
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Electroformed manifolds offer smooth geometric figures of complex dimensions. This manufacturing method can create thin-walled structures for applications which require extremely lightweight components.
Typical applications include gas exhaust and intake systems, hydraulic systems, and vacuum systems. They are excellent for limited space applications which require unconventional contours and cross sections.
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The electroforming manufacturing method generates an exact copy via replication in metal (typically nickel) of a master mandrel by a process called elctrodeposition. Specific benefits of electroforming are low unit costs, exact atomic scale, repeatability and excellent process control for quality. Often times the design engineer will find electroforming is preferred for many applications requiring a complex true geometric shape form factor, thin walls, and high repeatability.