Chemical Etching – Benefits

Chemical Etching – Benefits


There are many benefits to using Photofab’s etching solutions

Low Cost Tooling
Tooling is created via CAD quickly with no long-winded mechanical processes involved. In the unlikely event of the tooling wearing out, a replacement is provided free of charge.

Low Cost Design Changes
The Photo Chemical Milling process allows the designer to do practical experiments at low cost. Rapid prototyping is possible ensuring that cost effective improvements are easy to implement.

Mixed Graphic Tools for Prototypes
The photo tooling can accommodate more than one design, therefore if you are prototyping and wish to trial two or three options on the same sheet of metal, you can. This will greatly reduce the cost of prototyping.

Chemical milling processHalf-etched forming
Forming lines can be half etched into the metal to allow components to be formed by hand.

Prototype to Full Production
Photo Chemical Milling can be used to make one or a million parts, with the identical tooling used every time. This allows the engineer or designer to develop their concept from prototype to full production quickly and easily.

Metal Properties Unaltered
Photo Chemical Milling carries the unique advantages of leaving the internal structure of the metal unchanged. Neither does it affect the properties of the metal with regard to hardness, grain structure, or ductility of the metal.

Burr Free
The Photo Chemical Milling process produces burr free components, thus eliminating the need for costly time-consuming de-burring.

why etch metal?Identification Marks
Company logos, part numbers or other identifying marks can easily be etched into the surface during manufacture at no extra cost.

Tabbed-in components
When individual components are tabbed-into sheets, there are benefits of improved tolerances and lower costs.

Chemical milling is a term often used interchangeably with photo etching or chemical etching.


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