PHOTOETCHING FAQS

FAQs on Photo Chemical Machining of Flat, Burr Free Metal Parts from Advanced Metal Etching

Photochemical machining precision parts, low-cost alternative for machining burr-free, flat metal parts.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the metal etching process. If you don't see your question, go to the Technical Info section, e-mail us or call us with your question.

  1. What is photochemical etching?
  2. Please see our technical data sheet.
  3. What kind of materials can be photo etched?
  4. What type of parts can photo etching produce?
  5. What thicknesses and tolerances can be achieved?
  6. Does photo etching alter the properties of the metal?
1. What is photochemical etching?
  Photochemical etching is a high-quality, fast-turnaround, low-cost alternative for manufacturing precision metal parts. It offers you precision and accuracy unavailable in other milling processes.
2. Please see our technical data sheet.
  Click here to view our technical data sheet.
3. What kind of materials can be photo etched?
  A very broad range of metals can be photo etched including many types of alloys and exotic metals. Such As: Stainless Steel, Beryllium, Copper, Copper Alloys, Brass, Nickel, Silver, Alloy 42, Kovar, many others.
4. What type of parts can photo etching produce?
  Any part that is designed to be thin and flat, prior to forming, can be produced using the photo etching process.
5. What thicknesses and tolerances can be achieved?
  Most parts designed on material with thicknesses of .002" to .060" can be etched while maintaining tolerances relative to the thickness of the metal.
6. Does photo etching alter the properties of the metal?
  No. The internal structure of the metal remains unchanged including its hardness, grain structure, and ductility.