Re: Metal Deposition of Direct-AIM Tool

From: Carl Dekker (
Date: Mon Feb 11 2002 - 20:13:53 EET


Our results have been from electroplating after applying a silver spray for
conductivity. We have noticed an uneven buildup of metal on the sl part due
to the nature of the process. This build up caused undercuts close to the
face of the tool while not generating full coverage in the depth of the

Hope it helps. Good luck.

Carl Dekker

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chang-Shik Min" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 5:45 PM
Subject: Metal Deposition of Direct-AIM Tool

> Dear highly-experienced RP&T professionals:
> are you doing ?
> As a research engineer of Rapid Tooling,I have been trying Direct AIM tool
> so many times using my SLA machines in house since 1996,thinking this
> be an alternative for the very short run or cheaper/faster tooling for
> simple parts.
> >From my experience,I think it seemed not too bad for concept tooling of
> simply shaped parts( under 30 shots or so),but I need a bit more parts and
> more complex part from the tool.
> To be frank with you,I have applied some surface treatments such as Ni
> plating and copper deposition to this tool,but...
> I have heard through grapevine,but there seems to be a company who is very
> much
> specialized in Chrome/Nickel LTVD(Low Temp. Vapor Deposition) of SLA
> Is there anyone who happens to know of this company or has some other
> opinions
> on my approach ?
> Your precious opinion would be greatly appreciated.
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