Electroforming Process and Application to Micro/Macro Manufacturing
ABSTRACT Electroforming is the highly specialised use of electrodeposition for the manufacture of metal parts. This paper describes the process principles and mechanisms of electroforming, outlining its advantages and limitations. A review of modelling and simulation of electroforming and experimental analysis work is also presented. The metals that can be electroformed successfully are copper, nickel, iron or silver, thickness up to 16 mm, dimensional tolerances up to 1 μm, and surface finishes of 0.05 μm Ra. The ability to manufacture complex parts to close tolerances and cost effectively has meant that electroforming has applications both in traditional/macro manufacturing and new micromanufacturing fields. These include tooling; mould making; fabrication of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and the combination of lithography, electroforming and plastic moulding in the LIGA process. Applications in micro-optics and medicine are included.
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 01/2013; 76(1-4):61-67. DOI:10.1007/s00170-013-5470-3 · 1.78 Impact Factor
Conference Paper: Fabrication and Testing of Artificial Emerald Ash Borer Visual Decoys[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, is an invasive species threatening the ash trees of North America. EABs exhibit a mating behavior in which the flying male will spot a stationary female at rest, then execute a pouncing maneuver where he dives sharply onto the female. It is thought that this pouncing behavior is cued by some visual signal from the elytra of the EAB. A method for replicating the elytra of the EAB as artificial decoys was devised and implemented. In a field experiment, four types of bioreplicated EAB decoys with a dead EAB female to determine if the former were effective at cuing the pouncing behavior in males.SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring; 04/2013
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 01/2014; 76(1-4):501-512. DOI:10.1007/s00170-014-6301-x · 1.78 Impact Factor