Our ISO accredited copper etching service offers a fast, cost-effective alternative to traditional copper machining technologies.
Why etch copper?
Due to their reflective nature, copper-based alloys have proven difficult to laser cut, often compromising material integrity.
Likewise, the impact forces of stamping and water-jet cutting can affect material flatness and quality of cut.
Chemical etching copper ensures burr-free, stress-free, flat components without altering material integrity.
Suitable copper and copper etching alloys
|Beryllium copper||All grades|
|Copper||All grades, including oxygen-free|
|Nickel Silver||All grades|
|Phosphor bronze||All grades|
Etched copper components
We chemically etch thousands of copper-based components each month for a wide range of engineering applications from the automotive, electronics and precision engineering sectors.
As copper is highly conductive, durable, ductile and malleable, it is well suited to 2-D and 3-D electronics components such as connectors and contacts
Typical components include:
- Contacts, pins, terminals, and connectors for electronics devices
- EMI/RFI shielding cans
- Fingerstock gaskets
- UHF/microwave antennas
- Lead frames
- Busbars for electric power distribution
Benefits at a glance
- Prototype to volume — fast
- No hard tooling
- Low-cost design iterations — fast
- Burr-and stress-free – metal properties unaffected
- Lead-times in days, not months
- All copper and copper alloy grades
- Accuracy to ±0.025mm
- Beryllium copper
- Nickel silver
- Phosphor bronze