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Chemical Etching

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Since 1954, VACCO has provided its customers high quality chemical etching services. We are ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 registered. We have also extensively developed our diversified product line in order to better serve our customer base. We have loyal customers all around the world who trust us as their etching experts. Call us or visit our website today to see what we're all about.
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Our dependable chemical etching is very accurate. We keep your production goals in mind which is why we offer short lead times. You can count on us to exceed your expectations. Our chemical etching is very affordable and we have the expertise necessary to meet all of your specifications. Contact us today to learn more information!
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For over 45 years, United Western Enterprises has been the preferred source for chemical etching services. Whether you need metal products for shielding, battery contacts, screens, or any other thin metal application, our photochemical etching process allows us to provide a precision thin metal solution. We can etch aluminum, copper, nickel, and stainless steel alloys, so we can satisfy almost any etching requirement. Contact us to discuss your etching needs!
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Faspro Technologies`s manufacturing facility is centrally located in the suburban Chicago. We are an ISO 9001:2008 certified company serving the needs of customers in medical devices telecom, industrial electronics, mobile, aerospace, automotive industries, and more! Call us today or visit our website for all your chemical etching needs! We look forward to working with!
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Chemical etching is what we do best! Our company has the capability to work with blank parts on sheets up to 30" wide and our tolerance ranges from +/- .001" or less to .010." Our products serve many diverse industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics as well as many others. For more information on what we are able to do for you contact our customer service division today!
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Towne Technologies has been conducting research and development on chemical milling and electroforming for over 50 years. As a leading producer of precision etched metal products, we understand your need for high quality processes. Our services include chemical etching and electroforming; additionally, we are able to manufacture iron oxide photoplates as well as holographic photoresist plates.
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Chemical Etching

Chemical etching, otherwise known as acid etching or chemical milling, is a chemical process used by many industrial metal parts manufacturers to etch, cut or engrave very delicate or precise lines into metal through the use of corrosive acids and bases. Requiring knowledge of chemicals and their reactions with certain metals, chemical etching is a specialized procedure that includes almost no mechanical work.

Almost all metals can be processed using chemical etching, such as steel, brass, nickel, copper and more, as well as most types of glass with similar effects. The different types of metals require different etchants in order to achieve the desired results in terms of depth of etching. Instead of mechanical etching or hand etching which require specialized tools, there are very low tooling costs for chemical milling, and complete parts can be finished in a matter of hours. There are a number of industrial uses for the process of etching, as well as decorative or artistic purposes for the procedure. Objects manufactured using chemical etching include stencils, plaques, printing plates, circuit boards, dies and more. The metals on which etching is most effective are usually thin, such as metal sheets or foils, although thicker parts such as coins and plaques are commonly etched too.

There are numerous steps to the etching, or milling, process. First, the material or part to be etched is thoroughly cleansed of all oils and chemicals which it may have been exposed to during the forging or fabricating. Next, the masking or protective layer is applied in order to prepare the part for the etching design. The types of masking used can be tape, paint, elastomer or plastic. This masking is coated onto the part or metal sheet, sometimes in a number of layers if for a complicated pattern. Using a scribe and peel method, the desired pattern or design can be cut into the masking layer to reveal areas of the metal part which the acid or reagent will come into contact with. If using a photoresist as the masking layer for photo engraving, the part needs to be exposed to targeted light in order to develop the masking layer in the pattern desired. Once the reagent is applied to the metal part, it reacts with the metal and corrodes the surface along the lines of the pattern or design. Once the desired depth of etch is achieved, the chemical and the masking layer can be removed from the part to reveal the completed etching. Chemical etching is a often a more cost-effective and time-effective manufacturing solution than mechanical or hand milling.

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