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Nickel-Phosphorus Plating for Diamond Machining

   
 

Diamond machining is widely used in the optical industry to fabricate durable precision mold inserts for plastic optics. Nickel-Phosphorus plating is universally recognized and used world-wide as the hardest, most wear-resistant substrate for single point diamond turning (SPDT). Our electroplated nickel-phosphorus deposit is produced in a patented chemistry, originally developed for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. NiCoForm's implementation of this chemistry assures a fast and consistent plating rate with predictable and tightly controlled alloy properties. Our unique custom-developed activation steps assure perfect adhesion of the nickel-phosphorus layer to a variety of substrates - stainless and tool steels, brass, copper, aluminum, and many others.  Deposit thickness is not constrained, and due to the low-stress nature of the alloy can readily exceed, if necessary, 0.080" (2 mm). We are able to plate parts with a cross-section of up to 36" x 12" (900 x 300 mm). Detailed deposit properties can be found here.

Additional benefits of NiCoForm's Nickel-Phosphorus Plating are:

 

  • short turnaround times - 1-2 weeks for most inserts
  • excellent machinability of deposit with diamond and conventional cutters
  • outstanding diamond machined surface finish
  • very low diamond tool wear
  • defect- and void-free, smooth deposit
  • perfect adhesion to various substrates - Stainless and Tool Steels, Brass and other Copper Alloys, Aluminum, etc
  • improved deposit thickness uniformity

 

Please click here to request a quotation on your insert or to order a free sample.

 

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NiCoForm's NiPhos coating being Diamond Machined at Syntec Optics

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Diamond Machined Mold Inserts on NiCoForm's NiPhos Coating (Syntec Optics)

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NiPhos-plated Aluminum Blank Ready for Diamond Machining

 
 
 
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