CopperFace is the small galvanic machine designed and created by Robot Factory S.r.l., quick and easy to use for the metallization of plastic materials.
As is well known, galvanize means deposit by electrolysis, a thin layer of metal over an object (which is also normally metallic), it is however also possible to metallize the plastic materials, making them first conductive.
The system CopperFace has been designed knowing that the 'plastic' materials are non-conductive and therefore to be able to metallize an object in 'plastic' it is necessary that before being deposited on it a conductive substrate (graphite, silver, etc.) that allows, in a second phase, the metallization by electrolysis.
The process of 'metallization' with the system CopperFace is particularly simple and allows you to deposit a metal surface on plastic models obtained by 3D printing. CopperFace can work with copper, nickel, silver, gold, etc...
Once the plastic materials have been made conductive, by the use of an appropriate spray that forms a uniform smoothed layer of conductive material (es. Graphite), you can perform electrodeposition treatments on them (similar to the treatments performed on metal pieces).
For the electrolytic phase, it is used an acid solution with metal salts and a constant current power supply, the potential difference that is generated inside the glass tank between the cathode (object) and the anode determines the deposition of the metal on the surface of immersed model.