Introduction

ELECTROFORMING is the process by which articles or shapes can be exactly reproduced by electrodeposition on a mandrel or form that is later removed, leaving a precise duplicate of the original. In certain applications, the mandrel is designed to remain as an integral part of the final electroformed object. Electroforms themselves may be used as parents or masters, usually with special passivating treatments so the secondary electroform can be easily removed. The same or similar electrodeposition additives as those used for electroplating are required for electroforming to control deposit stress, grain size, and other resultant mechanical properties in order to produce high-quality electroforms.

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