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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.

Half-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.

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.

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

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