Stainless steel nickel finish

Discussion in 'Technologies and Hardware' started by flashgordondesigns, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. flashgordondesigns
    flashgordondesigns New Member
    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.

    Flash Gordon Designs
  2. Syncopator
    Syncopator New Member
    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...
  3. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    Not sure about finishes, but new metals are on the chopping block.
  4. GlenG
    GlenG New Member
    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.