The company says that as 3D printing technologies are increasingly used in the design and development cycle of new products, customer demand for improved overall part appearance and for functional models to more closely and aesthetically resemble the final part is seen to be growing.

Established over 60 years ago, BJS Company is a precious metal electroforming and electroplating company. The plating services offered by BJS Company are gold, silver, rhodium, copper or bright nickel and this new partnership now allows Graphite to offer these metal finishes to customers on 3D printed parts.

With BJS Company’s experience in plating, coupled with Graphite’s considerable experience in the latest 3D printing technologies, the companies say that the partnership can offer customers an individual finish on designs from jewellery and works of art through to medical research models and functional prototype parts.

Electroplating can enhance the decorative appearance of a part with a beautiful metallic, polished finish as well as the functional strength, stiffness and durability through the application of a thin coat of the chosen metal. Electroplating can be offered on both stereolithography and sintered parts.