Before my company changed focus entirely to software systems I
did quite a bit of consulting in electroforming and helped to
design a very large facility for a $200 miliion NY jewelry
manufacturer. I can say without hesitation that electroforming on
a commercial basis is not for the faint of heart or shallow of
While electroforming copper and other metals is quite easy,
binary or trinary alloys such as 14k requires expensive computer
controlled equipment and rigorous control of the chemistry and
methods. There are also a host of other issues that have to be
dealt with such as the fact that the mandrel (the piece the gold
is formed over) must be made of wax or metal. If it is wax, there
is the issue of how to make it conductive. If it is metal you
have to deal with the time consuming and hazardous process of
dissolving the metal (usually zinc alloy) out.
I might be able to provide more detailed info if you care to
tell me more. For example, what type of products are you
considering? What volumes? etc.
MPI Systems, Inc.