Metals Suitable for Chemical Etching

Metals Suitable for Chemical Etching

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.

Metals suitable for chemical etchingAn 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 chemical 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.


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


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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