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Additive Manufacturing SPECIAL SECTION
RePliForm Inc. / www.repliforminc.com / HQ: Baltimore / Specialty: Metal plating for additive manufacturing / Dr. Sean Wise, president:
"What sets us apart is that we take a lot of time to try and understand the customers' needs and use a coating to try to get them there."

Added Strength

repliform's plating solutions bring strength
to 3-d printed components. by chris petersen

nasa astronaut clay anderson installs
a metal-coated sla carousel in the
microgravity science glovebox on the
international space station.

In all the talk about 3-D printing
and its effect on the manufacturing
sector, it can sound at times like a
3-D printer simply spits out a component that's ready to use right
away. Although that's true in many
cases, in other cases those components still need some work before
they can be of use to manufacturers.
For more than a decade, RePliForm Inc. has been providing metal
plating services to the 3-D printing
sector, and President Sean Wise
says the company's post-processing
solutions have made it a valued part-

ner to many of the industry's most
demanding companies.
Wise started the company in 2000
to perform electroforming services
for injection molded plastic components. Although the company was
very successful at first, it started
losing business to offshore competitors. However, around that same
time a customer came to RePliForm
with a request that would reshape
the company's destiny and give it
new focus.
The customer wanted to know
whether RePliForm could plate just

enough metal on a 3-D printed part
to make it suitable for testing purposes. After giving it a try, the customer found that a part that had
been getting only 5 percent of the
cycles needed in an uncoated state
was now reaching 100 percent with
the coating applied by RePliForm.
"Obviously, the plating did exactly
what they wanted it to do," he says.
From there, RePliForm shifted its
focus to concentrate on providing
plating for the 3-D printing market,
and Wise says the company's customer base is very eclectic. ToJANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 manufacturing-today.com

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