Additive manufacturing (AM) of metallic structures by laser based layered manufacturing processes involve thermal damages. In this work, the feasibility of mask-less electrochemical deposition as a nonthermal metallic AM process has been studied. Layer by layer localized electrochemical deposition using a microtool tip has been performed to manufacture nickel microstructures. Three-dimensional free hanging structures with about 600 μm height and 600 μm overhang are manufactured to establish the process capability. An inhouse built CNC system was integrated in this study with an electrochemical cell to achieve 30 layers thick microparts in about 5 h by AM directly from STL files generated from corresponding CAD models. The layer thickness achieved in this process was about 10 μm and the minimum feature size depends on the tool width. Simulation studies of electrochemical deposition performed to understand the pulse wave characteristics and their effects on the localization of the deposits.
Mask-Less Electrochemical Additive Manufacturing: A Feasibility Study
Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Manuscript received April 15, 2014; final manuscript received October 29, 2014; published online December 12, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Joseph Beaman.
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Sundaram, M. M., Kamaraj, A. B., and Kumar, V. S. (April 1, 2015). "Mask-Less Electrochemical Additive Manufacturing: A Feasibility Study." ASME. J. Manuf. Sci. Eng. April 2015; 137(2): 021006. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4029022
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