Principal Applications

Today the principal applications for electrodeposited iron are in the production of solder gun tips, the electroplating of iron onto aluminum automobile engine parts, and the electroforming of iron foils for certain magnetic applications. In the past there was a large market for electroformed stampers, engraving plates, and textile rollers, but these iron applications have been almost totally replaced by nickel plating. However, as environmental concerns about nickel increase, a return to iron plating will become increasingly probable. Interest is increasing in the use of nickel-iron alloys containing up to 40% Fe as a substitute for the more expensive and potentially toxic nickel deposits.

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