Photo etching examplesThere is a phrase often associated with Photofabrication and photo etching, “If you can draw it, we can make it”. With over 45 years experience and a large pool of technical knowledge, we are specialists in photo etching of thin metal parts.

This means we can offer a photo etching service that delivers

  • High accuracy
  • Low tooling costs
  • Fast turnaround and delivery

Speak to us about your requirements – please contact us or telephone 01480 226699.

 

Working with Photofabrication

We are world leaders in the development of photochemical technology to produce intricately shaped components. More than 70,000 different components have been produced. Our knowledge and experience allows us to control the speed of etch and produce chemically etched metal parts with both high accuracy and high quality. To ensure excellent customer service, we include:

  • Dedicated account managers
  • Quotes turned around within 24 hours
  • Technical advice using our wide manufacturing experience

In addition, Photofabrication offer a full manufacturing solution for all your metal product needs – used to produce a wide range of metal items from washers to complex formed springs and screening cans, we can also form, heat treat and plate as required.

Speak to us about your requirements – please contact us or telephone 01480 226699.

 

Useful Resources

Our design guidelines for photo etching services
Our tabbing guidelines for photo etching
Our photo etching process tour
The benefits of photo etching
Metals suitable for photo etching

 

What is Photo Etching

The Photo Etching service is a process used in microfabrication to selectively remove parts of a thin film or the bulk of a substrate.

  • UV light is shone onto a component
  • A geometric pattern is transferred from a photo mask to a light-sensitive chemical photo resist on the substrate
  • Chemical treatments then engrave the exposure pattern into the material underneath the photo resist

Often a term used interchangeably with chemical milling or chemical etching, photo etching has its origins in Optical lithography. This is a process used in microfabrication to selectively remove parts of a thin film or the bulk of a substrate. It uses UV light to transfer a geometric pattern from a photo mask to a light-sensitive chemical photo resist, or simply “resist,” on the substrate.

A series of chemical treatments then engraves the exposure pattern into the material underneath the photo resist. For this process to be successful one requires extremely clean operating conditions, otherwise the bond between the metal sheet and the photo resist will be very weak. Full details of the photo etching process can be viewed on our Process Tour.

Photo etching service

There are many advantages to this process:

  • high accuracy
  • burr free components
  • low cost tooling
  • fast turnarounds

See the many services that we can offer with this technology, and also the wide range of products we can produce.

If you think this process can benefit you, please contact us or telephone 01480 226699.

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