A beginners guide to understanding electropolishing and its applications

Before joining Holdson, I had little knowledge of electrochemical polishing and its role in the manufacturing industry. However, after learning about its capabilities and benefits, I am now convinced that it is one of the most effective methods for achieving optimal surface finishes on additively-manufactured components.

What is electrochemical polishing?

Put simply, electropolishing is a process that uses an electrical current and a chemical solution to remove surface material and smooth out any imperfections. The process involves immersing a component in an electrolyte solution and applying a current to create a chemical reaction between the component and the solution. This reaction leads to the dissolution of surface material, leaving behind a smooth and polished surface.

What are the benefits of electrochemical polishing?

One of the main advantages of electrochemical polishing is that it is a non-mechanical process, meaning that it does not rely on physical abrasion to remove material. This makes it particularly useful for additively-manufactured components, which often have complex geometries and internal structures that are difficult to access with traditional polishing methods.

Electrochemical polishing can be tailored to achieve specific surface finishes, with the ability to remove just microns of material in a controlled manner. This precision makes it an ideal choice for applications where accuracy and consistency are critical, such as in the medical, aerospace, automotive, and energy sectors.

Holdson’s Electroform machine is a testament to the power of this technology, providing a comprehensive solution for achieving optimal surface finishes on additively-manufactured components.

Want to learn more about Electroform? Contact us today!


Latest Posts