The characteristics of electroforming are that it allows us to realize fine grooves and dots in the order of nanometers, which is not possible in machining. Ikex was the first in Japan to succeed in commercializing electroformed products.
To meet the increasingly diversified requests of customers, the company conducts constant research and development. It is famous for its expertise that ensures the adjustment accuracy of transfer distortion to within the shrinkage range of the subject material. It is also one of the few companies in Japan that supply both electroformed molds and foaming molds.
Currently, the company enjoys a 60% share in the Japanese market for RIM form dies for automotive steering wheels and horn pads, its main products. The company shows what it can do in many other fields, too, including powder slash molds for switchboard panels and door trims, plastic plating molds, as well as painting and laser marking.
The techniques of electroforming that transfer the master form with great precision may be applied to many fields. Building on the expertise it has developed, the company is trying to expand into the field of ultra-precision dies and molds for optical components, such as optical waveguides and diffusers used in PDA and liquid crystal displays, that require an accuracy down to units of nanometers.
Also, the die and mold industry faces the challenges of meeting environmental tasks. While working on such tasks, the company makes constant efforts to maintain product quality, reduce production time, and develop new techniques. Such efforts include the development of bi-square molds that combine electroforming and recyclable, low-melting-point alloys (bismuth alloys) and the development of multi-layered EF molds that include electroforming.
In the quest for unlimited possibilities in the field of electroforming, a pioneer is spreading its wings in the World, as the Ikex brand.