This is a manual of practical operating instructions for electroforming with the Watts-type nickel, iron, and aluminum baths. Collected here, in one volume, are many of the supposedly secret principles used by different manufacturers of electroformed parts. The author details the methods used to produce several types of electroformed shapes with lengths up to 30 in. and diameters as large as 8 in. In this illustrated manual, the author describes the apparatus; outlines the physical properties of electroplating baths and step-by step plating operations; provides analyses of electroformed products; addresses the difficulties encountered in the electrolysis process; describes mandrel design; and defines the machining and grinding techniques used. The author also describes how to produce steel shapes from iron that has first been electroformed and then carburized on a TiC mandrel.
NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
- Pub Date:
- July 1986
- Grinding (Material Removal);
- Engineering (General)