Effects of Electroplating on the Mechanical Properties of FDM-PLA Parts

Naveen Kumar T.V*, Mithun V Kulkarni**, Manu Ravuri***, Elangovan K.****, Kannan S*****
* PG Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Madanapalle Institute of Technology & Science, Andhra Pradesh, India.
** Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sambhram Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
*** Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Madanapalle Institute of Technology & Science, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Periodicity:February - April'2015
DOI : https://doi.org/10.26634/jfet.10.3.3346


In this paper, the rapid fabrication method based on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Electrochemical deposition is described in detail, and mechanical test results of composite nickel-coated FDM-PLA (PLA – Poly Lactic Acid) parts are presented. Coatings of electrodeposited nickel on FDM prototypes result in increase in Young's modulus, UTS, and Impact strength. Electrodeposited nickel coating has dramatically improved the overall strength and stiffness of FDM parts. Rule of mixture theory was used to predict the stiffness of the developed composites. The predicted values and the physical test results almost matched, although the experimental values were bit lower in comparison.


PLA, Electroplating, FDM, Coatings, Scoring, RP

How to Cite this Article?

Kumar, T.V.N., Kulkarni, M.V., Ravuri, M., Elangovan, K. and Kannan, S. (2015). Effects of Electroplating on the Mechanical Properties of FDM-PLA Parts. i-manager’s Journal on Future Engineering and Technology, 10(3), 29-37. https://doi.org/10.26634/jfet.10.3.3346


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