Electroforming is a versatile manufacturing technique used to produce precision optical components.
Based on the principles of electrochemistry, electroforming is essentially a specialized form of electroplating that allows a high degree of control, precision and reliability. The process of electroforming entails preparation of a suitable mandrel and placing it in an electroplating bath. Nickel or other metals are deposited on the mandrel by electrochemical deposition. The outer surface of the mandrel forms the inner surface of the form. The surface of the finished part is rendered in fine detail with respect to the original.
Based on the principles of electrochemistry electroforming is essentially a specialized form of electroplating that allows a high degree of control, precision and reliability.
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Electroforming allows Optiforms to consistently replicate complex forms using a single master tool. With both reusable and disposable mandrels, and materials such as nickel and copper, we accurately replicate thin or thick walled substrates, as well as single or multi-layered substrates at a substantial cost saving over other conventional manufacturing methods.
Benefits of Electroforming over other manufacturing techniques:
- Low Cost Per Part - Exact Replicas
- Precise reproduction of surface detail
- Optical Accuracy to ±2 Arc Minutes Slope
- Production of complex shaped components
- Production of thin walled components
- Thickness Ranging 0.001 inch to 0.25 inch
- Extensive range of manufactured sizes
- Capable of electroforming components as large as 36 inches in diameter
- 66 Electroforming cells to help meet customers demands
- ISO 9001 compliant