CopperFace

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.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimension Power
    205 x 85 x 160 mm
  • Dimension Stirrer
    155 x 153 x 290 mm
  • Glass Tank Capacity
    1000 ml
  • Declaration
    Declaration of EC conformity
  • Warranty
    1 year of warranty

CopperFace works with copper, nickel, silver, gold...

In summary, the process of 'metallization' with the CopperFace system consists in:

  • Distribute the conductive spray evenly on the model and wait for the complete drying.
  • Attach a copper wire to the object that will be used to suspend it in the electrolytic bath.
  • Secure the copper wire to the cathode and connect it to the negative of power supply.
  • Connect the anodes to the positive of power supply.
  • Place the model in the glass tank.
  • Start the magnetic stirrer to begin the cycle of 'electrodeposition', by adjusting the supply current according to the surface of the object (about 1A - 1.5A for dm2).
  • At the end of the cycle 'electro deposition' (approximately, 1 Ám is deposited every 2 minutes), remove the model from the bath tank.
  • Wash the model with water and dry gently with a soft cloth.

Material supplied in the Kit:

  • Constant current power supply
  • Glass tank with a suitable size to contain the anodes and the model.
  • 2 phosphorus copper anodes.
  • 1000 ml of the acid solution of copper sulphate ready for use.
  • 1 magnetic stirrer with the function of supporting the glass tank (complete with stir bar).
  • 1 Spray of conductive graphite.
  • 1 Pack of disposable gloves for part handling.
  • 1 abrasive sponge for cleaning the anodes.
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