THE AME PROCESS

Step-By-Step: Photochemical Machining Process Of Precision Metal Parts From Advanced Metal Etching.

The Photochemical Machining Process Offers Precision And Accuracy Unavailable In Other Processes

OUR PROCESS

Step 1

We work with your drawing

We work with your drawing, digital or conventional hard copy, to produce an accurate AutoCAD-generated photo tool. This photo tool is a faithful replica of your part, meeting all of your specifications.

STEP 2

We thoroughly clean the metal

We thoroughly clean the metal you have carefully chosen for your part and its intended application.

STEP 3

We apply a photoresist

We apply a photoresist coating to make the metal surface sensitive to light.

STEP 4

We expose the photo tool

We expose the photo tool to the sensitized metal surface with a UV light source, then treat the metal with a developing solution to create a hardened image of the desired part on the metal surface.

STEP 5

We process the metal

We process the metal surface with an etchant to produce the desired design.

STEP 6

We inspect the part

We inspect the part, remove all photoresist, clean the part, inspect it again, then package to prevent damage during shipping.

STEP 7

We treat all waste water

We treat all wastewater and recycle the spent etchant solution, meeting and exceeding all federal, state and local regulations. We employ a waste treatment operator with Class B and Class 1 certifications.

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