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Stainless steel nickel finish [message #54646] Sat, 29 September 2012 21:25 UTC Go to next message
avatar flashgordondesigns  is currently offline flashgordondesigns
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My customers constantly are requesting a finish that looks more like stainless steel. What is the timeline for offering a nickel plated option. This would be an ideal "standard" finish for stainless steel.

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Re: Stainless steel nickel finish [message #55627 is a reply to message #54646 ] Thu, 18 October 2012 23:16 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Syncopator  is currently offline Syncopator
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This brings up an interesting point-- is it possible to have a stainless model plated in chrome or nickel at a local auto plating shop? I've seen some nice nickel jobs on intake manifolds that would look great over a 3D printed model, but I don't know if the resultant piece can be subjected to the process given that the stainless isn't just cast but is formed with brass & whatnot...
Re: Stainless steel nickel finish [message #55652 is a reply to message #54646 ] Fri, 19 October 2012 14:26 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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Not sure about finishes, but new metals are on the chopping block.

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Re: Stainless steel nickel finish [message #55708 is a reply to message #55627 ] Sat, 20 October 2012 15:33 UTC Go to previous message
avatar GlenG  is currently offline GlenG
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The quick answer to after market, chrome or nickel plating on the SW SS media is yes , this can be done. expect that the plater might need to tweak the process a bit, but it will work. The "electroless" plating process works best on irregular or convoluted surfaces as standard electro plating process will have trouble getting into tight crevices or parts with a lot of internal cavities and surfaces, like some of Bathsheba's math models.
Chrome plate typically begins with a pure copper layer, followed by the chrome. I'd suggest you read up on the technical aspects of plating processes before finding an outside shop to do this work.

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