Photo etching has been adopted by automotive OEMs because it can produce complex mesh patterns and high definition surface engraving simultaneously – impossible with traditional sheet metalworking.
Digital tooling gives interior trim designers the freedom to experiment without incurring expensive set-up or modification charges as they seek competitive differentiation for their vehicles. With no hard tooling necessary, products can make the transition from prototype to production in a matter of hours.
A sound approach: 100% scratch and blemish-free speaker grilles
Metal speaker grilles were once produced exclusively from thick, woven aluminium wire. Photo etching offers aesthetic and functional advantages.
- Thinner, with superior rigidity
- Higher durability
- Greater open area with finer apertures
- High definition logos at no added cost
- Openings at any size, shape or position at no added cost
- Burr and stress-free to ±0.025mm accuracy
- 100% scratch and blemish-free
Precision Micro is a world leading manufacturer of photo etched speaker grilles, supplying tens of thousands each week for marques including Mercedes C Class and Jaguar XJ.
Manufactured from 0.5mm-1mm thick aluminium, photo etching can be used to surface engrave and emboss intricate, blemish-free tactile surfaces. With photo etching, you pay by the sheet so there is no limit on design complexity. As one of the few suppliers to offer sheets to 600mm x 1500m, we guarantee economical volume supply.
Unlike traditional pressed tread plates, photo etching can incorporate sharp aperture and directional mesh patterns for backlighting and can be personalised with owners’ names or signatures.