Metal Plating for SLA Parts

Metal Plating is a ceramic-filled composite stereolithography material that is of extreme strength, stiffness, and temperature resistance

Example of Metal Plating

Product Description

Metal plating is a process/material combination that produces ceramic-filled composite stereolithography parts that are coated with a structural nickel plating for strength. The core material is a ceramic-filled composite stereolithography material that is of extreme strength, stiffness, and temperature resistance.

After the components are built, they are electroform plated with a prescribed thickness of structural nickel. To ensure dimensionality of the parts is maintained, software is used to adjust the stereolithography components prior to their fabrication to account for the targeted plating thickness. Metal-plated components can withstand high temperatures, abrasion, and highly corrosive environments.

 

Key Product Benefits

  • High temperature resistance
  • Higher resistance to heated fluids
  • Translucent


Applications

Advanced PC-Like High-Temp Translucent works well for parts that require high temperature resistance such as under-the-hood-automotive or electrical components.

Tolerances

For well-designed parts, tolerances in the X/Y dimension of ±0.002 in. (0.05mm) for the first inch plus ±0.001 in./in., and Z-dimension tolerances of ±0.005 in. (0.127mm) for the first inch plus ±0.001 in./in. (0.001mm/mm), can typically be achieved.
Note that tolerances may change depending on part geometry.


Metal Plating Finishing Options

Custom Standard

Standard Finish Option

Custom Brushed

Custom Brushed

Custom Semi-Bright

Custom Semi-Bright

Custom Polish

Custom Polish


PC-like Translucent Advanced High Temp (Accura 5530) Properties

All of the figures contained on this data sheet are approximate and dependent on a number of factors, including but not limited to, machine and process parameters. The information provided is therefore not binding and not deemed to be certified.

Property Test Method Value After Optional Thermal Post-Curing
Color - Light Tan Amber
Density in solid state* @ 25 °C (77 °F) 1.21 g/cm³ -
Water Absorption (20 °C, 50% relative humidity) ASTM D570 0.55 ± 0.15% 0.55 ± 0.15%
E-module (x-y plane) ASTM D638, test speed 10mm/min 3,400 ± 400 MPa 3,900 ± 400 MPa
Tensile strength (x-y plane) ASTM D638, test speed 10mm/min 50 ± 10 MPa 45 ± 10 MPa
Elongation at break (x-y plane) ASTM D638, test speed 10mm/min 3 ± 2% 1.5 ± 1%
Heat deflection temperature @ 0.46 MPa* ASTM D648 70 – 85 °C (158 – 185 °F) 170 – 250 °C (338 – 482 °F)
Heat deflection temperature @ 1.82 MPa* ASTM D648 55 – 58 °C (131 – 136 °F) 110 – 120 °C (230 – 248 °F)

* From supplier data sheet