Metal Clad Hybrids
Most AM technologies can be electroplated utilizing a copper-structural nickel coating , dramatically increasing mechanical properties including strength, stiffness, and impact resistance while imparting physical properties such as flame retardancy and EMI shielding.
The smooth, solid surfaces of SL parts have contributed to utilization in metal clad composites (hybrid compositions) for nearly 20 years.
Some AM service providers as well as photopolymer suppliers have commercialized the use of specific SL photopolymer/copper/nickel combinations to develop composite properties across a wide range of dynamic and static mechanical properties as well as various physical properties so that end users can utilize these composite properties to better optimize designs.
SL Metal-Clad Composites
Electroplating additive manufactured (AM) parts with a structural metal coating to enhance part performance is a well-established practice. Although practically all polymer AM parts can be plated, stereolithography (SL) provides significant advantages over other AM.
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