What is Photo Etching?
Photo etching - also know as chemical etching - is a highly precise, tightly controlled corrosion process which is used to produce complex metal parts with very fine detail.
Why use Photo Etching?
The photo etching process offers a cost effective alternative to stamping, punching, laser and waterjet cutting when machining precision components from thin gauge metals - up to 1.5mm thick - such as stainless steels, aluminium and 'corrosion resistant' advanced engineering alloys, such as titanium and inconel.
When part integrity is critical, photo etching is often the only suitable metal machining process for your needs.
Precision Micro and Photo Etching
For over 50 years, Precision Micro has pioneered photo etching. By partnering with our customer we create highly innovative solutions to a wide range of engineering challenges. That is why Precision Micro has won a reputation as the industry innovator, trusted to deliver by major global manufacturing concerns across multiple markets.
Photo Etching benefits
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'.
Tooling costs are minimal, allowing customers to modify and optimise their designs without significant cost penalty.
Virtually all metals can be etched, even those that are hard or brittle.
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.
Why partner with Precision Micro?
- Precision Micro's experience and technical resource is unmatched in the industry, with over 50 years of chemical etching know-how.
- We specialise in the challenging projects that other suppliers may shy away from. By affiliation with our customers we have pioneered many new production techniques and methodologies that have shaped the photo etching industry.
- Added value services, such as electroforming, forming and wire EDM, can be used individually or in combination to meet the most stringent requirements.
- Our purpose built, state of the art 40,000 sq ft production facility is designed to move seamlessly from development to true high volume production.
Want to know more?
Our engineers are on hand to discuss your component requirements and advise on design parameters.
Submit your component design via email or our online contact form.
Our sample brochure has been designed to demonstrate the full range of features achievable with photo etching.