Photo Etching

Photo etching is a highly precise, tightly controlled corrosion process which is used to produce complex metal parts with very fine detail.

The photo etching process offers a more cost effective alternative to stamping, punching, laser and waterjet cutting when machining precision components from thin gauge materials, such as stainless steels, aluminium and 'corrosion resistant' advanced engineering alloys.

Precision Micro's manufacturing engineers have developed photo etching, sometimes known as chemical etching or metal etching, into a repeatable science, consistently 'redefining the possible' to provide a true competitive advantage for customers in a wide range of industries.

Benefits of photo etching

Burr and stress free

Photo etched components are burr free, while temper and magnetic properties remain unchanged.

Fast and economical

Using digital tooling we can produce samples and prototype parts in hours and fulfil volume requirements in days, helping reduce 'time to market'.

Low risk

Tooling costs are minimal, allowing customers to modify and optimise their designs without significant cost penalty.

Material diversity

Virtually all metals can be etched, even those that are hard or brittle.

Micro precision

Highly complex etched profiles and component features are possible to tolerances in the 1/100mm range.

No cost for complexity

As components features are produced simultaneously, complex designs cost no more to produce than simple ones.


Whether you require a single part, or millions of parts, photo etching is able to provide a cost effective solution to meet your needs.

See how photo etching compares with stamping, laser cutting and wire EDM

Why Choose Precision Micro?

More than Europe's No. 1 photo etching supplier, the entire Precision Micro operation is infused with a 'can-do' mentality that sets it aside from the rest.

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