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Title: Effects of electroplating on the mechanical properties of stereolithography and laser sintered parts
Authors: Saleh, Naguib
Hopkinson, Neil
Hague, Richard J.M.
Wise, Sean
Keywords: Rapid prototyping
Rapid manufacturing
Stereolithography
Laser sintering
Electroplating
Surface roughness
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Citation: SALEH, N. ... et al, 2004. Effects of electroplating on the mechanical properties of stereolithography and laser sintered parts. Rapid prototyping journal, 10 (5), pp. 305-315 [DOI: 10.1108/13552540410562340]
Abstract: This paper provides a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the effects of electroplating on polymer parts made by stereolithography and laser sintering. A series of test samples were coated with copper and nickel with varying thickness. Thicker coatings (120μm) were reproduced with a repeatability that should not adversely affect the tolerances with which such parts may be produced given the tolerances of the initial rapid prototyping processes themselves. Thinner coatings (20μm) resulted in a smother surface finish than thicker coatings for stereolithography parts, however the converse was true for laser-sintered parts. Composite theory was used to predict that thicker coating would lead to higher Young’s modulus in parts and this was shown to be true in physical tests although the practical values were lower than the predicted values especially for thicker coatings. Physical tests also confirmed that thicker coatings increased UTS and impact energy but had a minimal effect on the ductility of parts.
Description: This is a journal article. It was published in the journal, Rapid prototyping journal [© Emerald] and the definitive version is available at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/1355-2546.htm
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/3507
ISSN: 1355-2546
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