Definition - What does Electroforming mean?
Electroforming is a metal forming process that is widely used to develop and manufacture metal parts that can be used on a specific machine or piece of equipment. The resulting metal parts are formed with the aid of electrodeposition or electroplating on a model that is also known as a mandrel.
A unique feature of the electroforming process is that the metal part grows atom by atom providing absolute accuracy and high aspect ratios.
Corrosionpedia explains Electroforming
In the electroforming process, metal parts are produced by the precise deposition of a conductive layer of metal onto patterned substrates (mandrels). The electroforming process occurs in an electrolytic solution.
Some of the advantages of electroforming include:
- Additive manufacturing process (atom by atom)
- High aspect ratio
- Accurate hole size
- Micron sized holes
- Non-clogging holes
- Burr and stress free
- Sharp edges
- Straight side walls
- Highly cost-effective method for prototyping