The foundation of the component is the metal. Photofabrication take great care in the selection of the right metal for the component application. Wherever possible, Photofabrication use a special photo-etching grade, which is more uniform in thickness and flatter than normal stock. Our engineers and metallurgists will be pleased to advise on the grade of metal suitable for your application.

An extensive range of metals in various degrees of hardness and thickness are held in stock ready to meet a Rapid Delivery service. Metal thickness of 0.012 to 1.5 mm is suitable for through etching, while any thickness of sheet material can be surface etched.

The following list of metals is suitable for etching, and many are held in stock. If you don’t see what you need please telephone us on 01480 226699 or contact us using the form below.

  • Stainless Steels
    Austenitic (301, 302, 304, 316, S526, S527), Ferritic (430), Martensitic (321, 410, 420), Precipitation Hardened (17/7), Heat Resisting (309, 310), Duplex and Super Duplex Steels
  • Other Steels
    Mild Steel, Carbon Steel, Tool Steel, Spring Steel, Iron Silicon, Transil, Losil.
  • Nickel Alloys
    Nichrome, Hymu, Mu Metal, Nickel Copper (70/30), Inconel, Nickel Brazing Foil
  • Nickel/Iron Alloys
    Invar, Alloy 42, Kovar, Radio Metal.
  • Copper
    Tough Pitch 101, Oxygen free – High Conductivity,
  • Copper Alloys
    Brass, Phosphor Bronze, Beryllium Copper, Nickel Silver, Ferry Constantan.
  • Aluminium and Aluminium Alloys
  • Silver and Alloys
    Silver, Silver Alloys, Silver/Copper, Silver/Palladium, Silver Brazing Alloys
  • Molybdenum
  • Gold and Gold Alloys
    This is a new service, and uses innovative non-hazardous chemicals

To check the stock of particular metals, or advice on metal suitability, contact us or telephone on 01480 226699.

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