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Plastic Plating Mask

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081003D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Crosby, EG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 show different views of a plastic mask for plating. The mask has openings where a connector is to receive additional plating and it has tabs for locking two masks together on the part that is to be plated. This arrangement avoids the mechanical clamps that are commonly used for attaching masks, and it avoids the secondary cleaning operation that is required to remove the residue when a tape mask is used.

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Plastic Plating Mask

Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 show different views of a plastic mask for plating. The mask has openings where a connector is to receive additional plating and it has tabs for locking two masks together on the part that is to be plated. This arrangement avoids the mechanical clamps that are commonly used for attaching masks, and it avoids the secondary cleaning operation that is required to remove the residue when a tape mask is used.

The plastic mask is reusuable, and the plastic material gives a long life. It can be molded to tighter tolerances than can be obtained with some other masks. The mask can be given a particular shape or color that help to prevent a user from applying the wrong mask to a part.

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