Hello everyone, I have a question regarding the feasability of using
an electroplating process. First, please realize that I have no
electroplating experience at all.
Can electroplating be used to surface coat aerospace (grade-5)
titanium? Also can an electroplate coating be made very thick,
approximatly 500 microns? The depth is adjustable, but 500 microns
will make a very durable product.
What I would like to do is cut the surface of a titanium ring with a
greek key design, which I have already accomplished. The design is
cut 500 microns deep and I would like to inlay the channels with
either silver or gold. I know that there are some masking techniques
to allow the electroplate to go only in specific areas (used in the
circuit board manufacturing processes). so I can mask off the inside
of the ring and the top surface of the titanium. Can I then
electroplate into the grooves and allow them to fill in with the
precious metal? I could then polish the surface smooth and flush to
the precious metal.
is this possible and if so, how do I accomplish it? I would like to
have somebody that has the equipment show me the finished product
before I purchase equipment that may or may not work.
If you would like to see a picture of the greek key design ring with
the channels cut please go to:
Thank you for any and all suggestions and help.
Daniel J. Statman, Statman Designs