Benefits at a glance
- European supply
- 50% lead time reduction
- Unlimited complexity – you only pay for the first hole
- No hard tooling
- Low-cost design iterations – fast
- Burr-and stress-free
- Accuracy to ±0.025mm
Titanium offers excellent strength-to-weight ratio, biocompatibility and low-coefficient of thermal expansion – attributes which make it challenging to machine with conventional sheet metal working. Its corrosion resistance makes photo etching impossible with standard etch-chemistries – etching by its nature a corrosive process.
Europe’s largest, fastest and most reliable titanium etching service
Precision Micro is one of the world’s few titanium etching specialists and the only European based photo etching company with a dedicated, accredited titanium manufacturing facility.
Our titanium etching process comes with all the existing benefits of photo etching and a 50% lead time reduction for customers sourcing etched components beyond Europe.
Photo etching opens up an array of possibilities for applications which require a combination of light weight, strength, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility.
- Biocompatible cranial and dental implants benefit from zero thermal distortion and burr-free openings. Complex aperture arrays and countersinks can be included at no additional cost.
- Ultra-thin cathode battery current collector grids used in pacemakers can be photo etched with sub 0.080mm bars, ensuring reliable energy supply from a smaller footprint.
- Titanium foils used in satellite fuel tanks can be made thinner – from 0.010mm – and flatter for easier assembly.
- Combining photo etching and diffusion bonding ensures complex cooling channels can be incorporated into heat exchangers at a fraction of the price of conventional machining or laser drilling.
- Membranes used in hearing aids can be made thinner, stronger and more reliable.
Want to know more?
The basic principles of photo etching can be demonstrated in nine process steps.
Created to guide you through designing for the photo etching process, outlining achievable tolerances and component features.
With backgrounds which include CAD, machining, technical and operations planning, our sales engineers have the photo etching know-how to answer your questions.