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Electroplate tech used for 3D printing Answered

Obviously it wouldn't work for large scale objects, but could high current, localized "plating" be used to deposit large, controlled amounts of metal to sculpt an object??

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Kiteman (author)2012-03-11

Oh...

That sounds interesting - I imagine the results would lack fine detail, though, sort of metallic stalagmites?

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possibly. I had a stylus-type device in mind to act as a sacrificial cathod. keeping it highly negatively charged and the base positively charged, ions will want to separate from the tip into solution and rapidly recombine on the grounded object-to-be. of course to do this in a reasonable amount of time one would need a power supply of several hundred amps which I imagine would pretty quickly electrolize the solvent

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Impossibly slow. Why not just use electroforming ?

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electroforming requires a master and the goal here would be to produce any component from a file once-off

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3d print the master using conventional tech, and I bet its STILL quicker than depositing in a point

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