Chemical Etching Advantages

Chemical etching is one of the fastest most precise and cost-effective options available. 

The Chemical Etching Advantages Compared To Laser and Stamping

Photochemical etching process: Mylar film


Photo etching tooling is created on a photoplotter using mylar film, unlike costly conventional methods such as stamping. Moreover, tooling is generated within hours. This low-cost method allows the tooling engineer to experiment with various designs making it easy to modify and significantly reduce project time. The tooling's flexibility allows for future part revisions if necessary, which makes it ideal for prototypes or short runs.

Metal Properties Remain Unaltered

Whereas other machining methods can alter metal properties with heat or mechanical stress during production, the internal structure of the metal remains unchanged when using the photochemical etching process. The hardness, grain structure, and ductility of the metal are unaffected This advantage is significant for the functionality of many product applications.

Metal Etching FAQs
tight tolerance etched parts

Low-cost repeatability

The tooling is designed to yield as many pieces as the part design will allow. Because of this repeatability, large production runs are an inexpensive option compared to stamping and laser. Additionally, we can etch company logos, part numbers or other identifying marks at no extra cost. The tooling remains the same whether it's for one part or a million.

Burr-Free Tight Tolerances

Another chemical etching advantage is the production of thin burr-free metal parts.   Other processes often leave burrs that can interfere with the proper performance of the part.  The metal etching process eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming deburring procedures. Because a phototool is a replica of a part's dimension and does not wear like hard tooling, it is easy to maintain tighter tolerances.

Photo-chemical etching process: Employee Inspection
Production pieces photo etched parts large quantity

Quick Turnaround

The elimination of mechanical tooling and its long lead time, plus the absence of surface burrs and deburring requirements, speed the process from tooling design to the actual part.

Why AME?

We at AME understand that our success is contingent upon your success. We want to provide the best quality possible while controlling costs and turn-around times.

  • Facility Location and Size

    Centrally located in the United States near major industrial areas, is ideal for quick delivery. Our large facility has room for growth as our services expand.

  • American Made Custom Manufacturers

    Purchasing raw materials made in the USA, allows us to control the quality in and out of our facility. All material is RoHS and DFARS compliant.

  • Quality/Customer Service

    Beginning with design and continuing with material prep, production, and inspection, we check each stage and document quality processes before the final product ships. Our employees are cross-trained in many of the operations, and a customized order tracking system aids in project and time management.  Customer inquiries or modifications are easily addressed.  We are ISO 9001:2015 Certified and ITAR Registered.

  • Experience

    We have been in business for over 25 years, including many on our management team. Therefore, we have a broad knowledge of metal etching techniques as it applies to different product applications. We value our employees and long-standing domestic and international customers.

  • Fast Turn Around Times

    Our tracking system and quality processes will ensure minimal lead time and allow flexibility when there is a request or need for changes. In most cases, with AME PARTS NOW, we can transform raw material into prototype parts in 24 hours or less if requested.

  • Secondary Services

    We offer in-house post-production tin plating and partner with other plating, forming and finishing services companies to give you the option of complete turnkey parts.

Contact us to receive these chemical etching advantages over other manufacturing methods. You are not just buying parts. You are buying value, quality, technical assistance and customer service.