Controlling the thickness of your material is going to be a crucial skill for most industrial, military, or commercial applications. When electroplating, the thickness of the metal coating is going to be entirely dependent on the length of time the part spent in solution. However, electroplating is influenced by a large number of variables such as the solution, temperature, metals, current, and more. Necessarily, the bath will need to be calibrated to your specific conditions. The best way to do this is empirically. Find a piece of metal with similar contours and shapes and practice plating it under optimal temperature, concentration, and voltage conditions. For simple coverage, the part should be covered in thirty minutes. Like all electroplating, both your reference part and your actual part will need to be cleaned carefully prior to plating. Regardless, take an average of multiple attempts on your reference part to make sure you have perfect timing.
Keep in mind that the complexity of the device will complicate your efforts to develop a mathematically perfect and even coating and this will need to be taken into account. This is why your reference piece should be as close to your showpiece as humanly possible. Further, not all metals are as flexible when it comes to plating complex shapes or tolerating voltage variances. That is why trial and error methodologies will be your best determine how the right conditions for the precise thickness of your coatings. The more complex the item, the more necessary rigorous testing will become. Let us know how we can help you in your next project. Contact us at 800-275-0880 or 978-667-8298 for more information