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118 Enhancement of the mechanical performance of stainless steel micro lattice structures using electroless plated nickel coatings
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1  University of Liverpool
2  Karadeniz Technical University


The use of nickel electroless plating to enhance the mechanical properties of stainless steel micro lattice structures manufactured using selective laser melting is described. A coating thickness of 17μm is achieved, and this increases micro lattice specific stiffness by 50% and specific strength by 75%. There is scope for improving the coating process, and hence improving micro lattice mechanical performance. The methodology described here provides a new potential for optimizing micro lattice mechanical performance and can be extended to other cellular materials with different coating technology.

Keywords: micro lattice; electroless plating; additive manufacture