Enhancement of the mechanical performance of stainless steel micro lattice structures using electroless plated nickel coatings

Gümrük R., Uşun A., Mines R.

The Eighteenth International Conference of Experimental Mechanics, Brussels, Belgium, 1 - 05 July 2018, pp.494-499

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Brussels
  • Country: Belgium
  • Page Numbers: pp.494-499
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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 17 μm is achieved, and this increases micro lattice specific stiffness by 75% and specific strength by 50%. 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.