Various metals are suitable for Tecan's PEF process, the most frequently used however, is nickel, because:
- It can be deposited at high speed
- The physical properties of the deposit can be closely controlled
- It is strong and resistant to corrosion and wear
- It is cost-effective
Both hard and soft nickel can be used for Photo Electro Forming and each has benefits dependent on the application. Hard nickel offers superior optical qualities and durability, whilst soft nickel offers flexibility and minimal stress.
Tecan can also Photo Electro Form other metals such as copper, silver, gold and nickel cobalt according to the customerís specific requirements.