World Lead Chemical Etching
Photofab have been operating for nearly 50 years, providing a full manufacturing solution for all your metal product needs. We will take care of all of your sheet metal forming and tooling manufacture in-house, so you can trust us with your outsourcing needs.
Outsourcing to Photofab have been proven to increase our customers production levels and reduce lead times while keeping overheads and costs low.
As a company, we also follow the 5S principle in order to optimise efficiency and organisation within the workplace, passing the benefits onto the customers.
Metal forming is the process in which the metal is modified into a different shape without adding or removing material.
Our metal forming department covers not only the bending of metal parts, soldering and spot welding, but also complex tooling manufacture using our in-house machinery to surface grind, mill and turn. We specialise in both prototyping and production runs.
We are able to etch lines into a part. These lines are only etched half way through the metal. By doing this, the metal can be formed.
Photofab have developed a “Uni-Tool”, which is an adaptable piece of hard tooling.
This is a hard tooling method, which uses several more complicated pieces of universal tooling and can cope better with more complicated parts.
Hard tooling to fit one of the fly or toggle presses is made, which can only be used on one particular part.
Photofab have designed a series of tools which are adaptable pieces of hard tooling designed specifically for screening cans, while also providing low cost options for spring fingered lids. This is suitable for parts up to 200mm in length and width, however the spring fingered legs need to be a minimum developed length of 3mm and rectangular for this method to be suitable.
Photofab are able to solder and / or spot weld components, whether you require a seam soldered or two pieces spot welded together we can help.
Photofab regularly provide precision surface grinding of metal, along with milling, turning, reaming, drilling and much more. If you have a need for a discipline not mentioned, please do contact us using the form below and ask.
Our capabilities of assembling diverse components, allows customers to reduce their supply base using Photofab’s logistical control team. We have a highly skilled team who will take your requirements, manufacture the components from raw materials, then assemble to your specifications.
In-house manufacturing also proves to be invaluable when testing prototype products. Issues can be easily discussed with our engineering and design departments and then modified to suit specific requirements. Instead of having to ship prototypes across the world, it can all be done quickly and easily onsite. This speeds up the whole process and cuts out what can often be weeks in between prototype creation and testing.
We are world leaders in the development of photochemical technology to produce intricately shaped components. We have produced over 70,000 different components at the request of our clients over the years. We are highly regarded for our chemical etching process, but our engineers at Photofab offer many services that you can find here, and will offer advice to improve the product and reduce the costs.
If you would like to discuss your forming or toolroom requirements, please call us on 01480 226699. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our contact form.
At Photofab, we’ve been working in chemical etching (otherwise known as chemical milling or photo etching) since 1971. In that time, we’ve built a large pool of technical knowledge on the subject; we know the benefits it brings to our customers. Chemical etching is a machining process which uses acids and other chemicals to dissolve unwanted material, usually metal, to …Read More
Sheet metal forming & tooling manufacture Photofab have been operating for nearly 50 years, providing a full manufacturing solution for all your metal product needs. We will take care of all of your sheet metal forming and tooling manufacture in-house, so you can trust us with your outsourcing needs. Outsourcing to Photofab have been proven to increase our customers production …Read More
What is plating? Plating is a surface covering in which a metal is deposited on a conductive surface. Plating has been done for hundreds of years, but it is also critical for modern technology. Plating is used to: Add a decorative finishCreate corrosion inhibitionTo improve solder-abilityTo harden the surfaceTo improve durability To alter conductivityFor radiation shieldingTo improve paint adhesionTo reduce …Read More
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Photofab have developed strong links with a reputable etching company in the Far East. We have researched them and they have passed various tests for environmental, ethical, and employment practices. We recognise the importance of our responsibility to only work with decent and honest companies. Far East Supply Chain Benefits Large Volume Manufacturing Lower cost compared to UK Tried and …Read More
Prototyping to High Volume Whether you are looking for volume production in hundreds of thousands, a short production run or a one off prototype, Photofab has the answer. The chemical milling, photo etching or chemical etching process is ideally suited to rapid prototyping as electronically generated files can be used to produce photo-tools which are then transferred to the surface …Read More
24 hour quotes Dedicated account managers Rapid 3 day service Here at Photofab we pride ourselves on the short lead times we provide our customers Photofab, the chemical machining specialist, have an enviable record of meeting customer requirements both in terms of achieving the impossible on short lead times and reliability. We will always quote within 24 hours for standard work; even faster if …Read More
Most types of file formats can be viewed but not all types can be used to create photo-tools. Quotation Stage Almost all electronic drawing file formats can be opened and read at the quotation stage. These include: CAD format dwg, dxf, IGESImage format: pdf, eps, cdr, ai If your drawing format is not shown here, please call us on 01480 …Read More
There is a phrase often associated with Photofab and photo etching, “If you can draw it, we can make it”. With nearly 50 years experience and a large pool of technical knowledge, we are specialists in photo etching of thin metal parts. Photo Etching High Accuracy Burr Free Components Low Cost Tooling Fast Turn Arounds This means we can offer …Read More