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Within the last two decades the electroforming industry has readily adapted to meeting specific and unusual needs of the aircraft industry. Electroformed nickel and copper have been used in many aircraft applications, all the way from simple tooling to actual production aircraft parts. Now that the Aerospace Age is upon us the needs, the applications, and the uses continue to grow. New electroforming techniques are being developed to utilize further such traditional metals as nickel, copper, silver, gold, and chromium. As the requirements for aerospace components of high complexity and high integrity mount, the need to advance the state of the art of electroforming further is apparent. The next logical step must most certainly be alloy electroforming. In this instance, the step between basic alloy electrodeposition and competent alloy electroforming is a “giant” step. One motion toward completing that step prompts the writing of this paper. Specifically covered in this paper are examples of the use of two alloy electroplating systems (cobalt-tungsten and cobalt-tungsten-nickel) to effect alloy electroforming systems capable of producing aerospace components.
Browning, Myron E.
American Machine and Foundry Co., Alexandria, Va.
Turns, E. W.
General Dynamics Corp., Fort Worth, Tex.