World Lead Chemical Etching
With state of the art equipment and finishing facilities to remove sharp edges and burrs Photofab can offer high tolerance cost effective solutions.
Photofab can provide parts lasercut from 25 micron foil up to 12mm plate (depending on metal specification). A tolerance of +/-50 microns on the Nd:YAG Laser and +/-100 microns on the CO2 Laser (depending on requirement) can be achieved.
Photofab can offer both ND:YAG Laser and CO2 Laser services in addition to chemical etching. Therefore providing manufacturing facilities for all you requirements on metal thickness and tolerance needs.
Photofab’s range of Additional Processes means we can offer Flat, Formed, Heat Treated, and Plated parts. Basically the Full Service!
Knowledge and experience in the program preparation enables us to maximise the use of raw materials by tessellating components or putting one inside another. This reduces both waste and cost.
You can learn more about Laser Cutting and a Comparison to Mechanical Cutting here.
If you would like to discuss your laser cutting requirements please call us on 01480 226699. Alternatively either email us at email@example.com, 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
Our forming department covers not only the bending of metal parts, but also complex tool making, soldering, spot welding, surface grinding, milling and turning. We specialise in both prototyping and production runs. This section details not only what Photofab can provide in terms of forming methods, but also the assembly, soldering, spot welding a grinding services. Forming and Toolroom Benefits …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 – Wikipedia 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 …Read More
Etching through metal over 1.5mm thick gets expensive, this is where laser cutting comes into its own. With state of the art equipment and finishing facilities to remove sharp edges and burrs Photofab can offer high tolerance cost effective solutions. Laser Cutting Benefits Laser option – CO2 Laser option – Nd Laser option -Nd-YAG Laser Marking Photofab can provide parts …Read More
Photofab offer the process of stamping (sometimes referred to as blanking) metal components. The manufacturing process of metal stamping involves feeding sheets of metal into a high tonnage press between pre-manufactured stamping dies to cut and form metal. Metal stamping is predominantly used for producing parts in high volumes at low manufacturing costs. Metal Stamping Benefits Very low unit cost …Read More
Wire Erosion is used by Photofab in combination with the Photo Etching / Chemical Milling process to produce very precise cost effective products with very low cost tooling or set up charges. As a machining process Wire Erosion is used to cut through various substances in order to form parts for a number of different industries, who require component accuracy …Read More
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