Re: metalizing/chroming of FDM-ABS parts

Date: Wed Jul 18 2001 - 11:26:34 EEST

I did some research on chromeplating of ABS parts about a year back. The
degree of peeling was slightly in excess of our tolerance, but we were
looking for a hard depost layer (>50 microns). If you are planning
electro-chrome as an option, this will definitely be a concern.

We found that once the ABS substrate was coated with any thing, it was not
possible to perform nickel-plating (as a pre-cursor to chrome) by the
butyl-sacrificial method. If your tolerances are loose, you could try
metalizing with silver-loaded paint prior to the chrome plate.

N.B. - I'm back on the list after a looooong time now, so "hi!" to all out
there. Good to see the community still going strong!


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Hello All,

When a FDM-ABS part is sealed with a solution like thinner, MEK or else;
can it still be metalized/chromed. Anyone out there with some experience in
this? Something else we should take care of?

Thanks in advance, and have a nice week-end (and let your RP-machines do
the work these days offcourse!)

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