Robot Factory has created a new a new system that is capable of transforming 3D plastic filament into metal. The machine called the CopperFace has been designed for the jewellery industry and has been designed to provide an easy-to-use way of electroplating 3D printed objects.
Enabling jewellers and model makers to create prototypes and finished products in a fraction of the time at very little cost. The CopperFace kit is currently available to pre-order at a limited time special price of €450 or $493.
Shipping of the CopperFace machines is expected to take place during the early part of September and will include everything you need to start electroplating your 3D printed creations. Andrea Martini, director of Robot Factory explains :
CopperFace is a small galvanic system, which means it can deposit by electrolysis, a thin layer of metal over an object (which is also normally metallic), it is however also possible to metallize the plastic materials, after first making them conductive.
CopperFace becomes indispensable for the presentation of models to customers, while allowing for the creation, at low costs, the photographic catalogs of the same models without them needing to be cast in metal.
For the electrolytic phase, an acid solution is used with metal salts and a constant current power supply. The potential difference that is generated inside the glass tank between the cathode (object) and the anode determines the deposition of the metal on the surface of immersed model. Robot Factory recommends the copper coating of objects, because it can be basis for further galvanic phases with several metal like as rhodium, nickel, chromium, silver, gold , etc.
For more information on the new CopperFace machine jump over to the Robot Factory website for details.
Source: 3DPFiled Under: Concepts & Design, Technology News