Nickel composites were created through electrodeposited deposition. Electrodeposition is a way of creating materials by applying an electrochemical charge to a bare metal piece, and then heating that material up until the surface forms a single bond with the charge, creating a material. This bonding is done in a process called electroplating. Electroplating was used for metals back in the Second World War, where it was a cheap way of making metal parts strong enough to withstand combat and high temperatures. This has come a long way thanks to the work of firms like Poeton.
Nickel composites are made through electroplating, and this is how they are most commonly found in modern day devices. The nickel in these kinds of composites acts as an active electrode, picking up an electric current and passing it on through the piece to the final layer of composition where it acts as a homogeneous substance. Nickel is widely used in aerospace and defense technology because of its wide range of abilities; it’s extremely ductile and able to stand up to high heats and powerful impact. It has long been envisaged as the ‘ultimate’ material, able to stand up to compression, stress and tension without buckling under pressure, making nickel composites widely used for tensioned metal parts.
These kinds of components are also used for applications where a part must be extremely hard-wearing, with a high tolerance to wear and tear. For example, if you’re looking for a replacement window for a commercial building or an SUV, then you’re more likely to find a nickel composite part that will provide the strength and toughness you need without rusting, cracking, chipping or buckling under stress.