World Lead Chemical Etching
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 of the metal.
Changes in design are simple and rapidly made to files in house to allow manufacture of new components. Turnaround on our Super Rapid Service is from 24 hours.Case Study: Two rapid prototype components required, order received Friday pm, delivered following Monday am; half-etched for simple hand forming.
Case Study: 10000 Encoder discs were required for a company making incremental encoders; manufactured from 0.6 mm thick stainless steel, packed in units of 10.A short run can be the number of components that can be made from one sheet (nominally 300x500mm) up to several hundred sheets. The greater the number of sheets that can be processed for one job, the lower the price will be.
Case Study: 20,000 formed screening cans required every week, plated brass, fitted into mobile communication equipment.Two modern manufacturing options are available for high volume production. You can choose to either use Photofab UK facilities which take advantage of innovative industry leading techniques or our Far East manufacturing facilities. Scheduled delivery Kanban and JIT options are available. Multi stage progression forming with low tooling costs keeps the component prices down.
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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. 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
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