Below are some frequently asked questions about the photochemical etching process. Contact us if you don’t see your question below.
Photochemical etching is a high-quality, fast-turnaround, low-cost alternative for manufacturing precision metal thin parts. It offers you precision and accuracy unavailable in other manufacturing processes. Please view our Process page to learn more.
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, and many others.
Any part that is designed to be thin and flat, before forming, can be created using the photochemical etching process. Some typical applications are EMI/RFI shielding, shims, spacers, washers, screens, filters, lead frames, contacts, connectors, etc. Please click on your industry tab for more specialized applications.
Most parts designed on material with a thickness of .002″ to .060″ can be etched while maintaining tolerances to the relative thickness of the metal. Please see our technical datasheet for a detail of our capabilities.
No. The internal structure of the metal remains unchanged including its hardness, grain structure, and ductility.
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