additive manufacturing
atom by atom

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Electroforming: additive manufacturing atom by atom

Electroforming is an additive manufacturing process specialized for producing high-precision metal parts. Its uniqueness is that you can grow metal parts atom by atom, providing extreme accuracy and high aspect ratios. (check our design guideline to learn technical possibilities).

Once you’ve discovered the benefits of the technology, a whole new world of opportunities opens up. What if you could produce, atom by atom, stress- and burr-free precision metal parts with micron-scale accuracy? It would give you the opportunity to raise the bar on precision, tolerance, cost-effectiveness, and the capability to withstand higher temperatures.

As the world leader in high-precision manufacturing, Veco is the first in the industry to apply advanced Laser Direct Imaging technology. At Veco nowadays, 90% to 95% of our photolithography process is done by Laser Direct Imaging. The combination of LDI and our leading EF technology has enabled us to further push the boundaries of the industry, providing our customers with high-precision metal components of higher quality, at lower cost, and with a quicker turnaround.

This overview page will provide you with an understanding of the ins and outs of electroforming, including its process, materials used, and the benefits it offers compared to other manufacturing processes. Additionally, this page will also feature several case studies that demonstrate the capabilities of electroforming in various industries.

Electroforming key features

conical hole shape

unique hole configuration

besides straight holes, it is also possible to achieve special bell mouth hole shape

thickness range

thickness range 5 – 1200 micron

feature size

feature size down to 2 micron

tight tolerance

tight tolerance down to +- 1 micron

design flexibility

complex shapes and design configurations with different materials

3D structures

complex 3D structures can be achieved by growing additional layers in different directions

high quality

burr-free, stress-free components with ultra smooth surface and clear edges

cost efficiency

highly cost efficient from prototyping to industrial scale mass production

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Electroforming whitepaper