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Acid Etching Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory implements a thorough list of acid etching companies and suppliers. Utilize our listing to examine and sort top acid etching companies with previews of ads and detailed descriptions of each product. Any acid etching company can provide acid etching services to meet your companies specific qualifications. An easy connection to reach acid etching companies through our fast request for quote form is provided on our website. The company information includes website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information. Customer reviews are available and product specific news articles. This source is right for you whether it's for chromatic acid etching, industrial acid etching, or acid etching aluminum.

  • Maple Grove, MN

    We have over 23 years of manufacturing knowledge dedicated to providing whatever you need to fill your metal etching needs! Our acid etching goes unmatched by the competition. Our research and development department contribute to keeping us as innovators continually pushing the boundaries of conventional etching. To learn more about what we may do for you, visit our website today! We look forward to hearing from you!

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  • El Monte, CA

    As a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc., VACCO Industries is one of the largest photo chemical etching service providers in the western US. Serving industries including aerospace, mechanical & automotive, VACCO is ISO 9001:2000, AS9100 & FDA registered. In addition to a broad range of services provided including laser machining & diffusion bonding, we are your acid etching specialists.

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  • Bedford, VA

    Welcome to Focused Beam, a marking shop filled to the brim with experience the industrial engraving applications for you. Typical turn-around time is 24 hours and our goal is to exceed our customer’s expectations. Engraving in materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, wood, brass, plated metals and others are among our products. We also do custom engraving as well. Visit our website today.

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  • Arlington Heights, IL

    ID3 produces unique three dimensional name plates and name tags with amazing detail. We offer acid etching in a variety of materials: aluminum, zinc, stainless steel, brass and plastic. Plastic nameplates come in any color and size you want. Custom nameplates can be etched or branded. Our 3-dimensional and custom nameplates have style, are a cut above the competition and fit your budget.

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  • Elkhart, IN

    The Micro Etch Technologies process offers many technical & financial advantages in manufacturing so many flat metal components. Try this precision etching, non-mechanical process for competitively priced, burr & stress free sheet metal products, up to 62 mil (.062”) thick. Our photo-chemical machining process is also known as photo-fabrication, photo etching, chemical milling & acid etching.

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Acid Etching

Acid etching, otherwise known as chemical milling or chemical etching, is a chemical process used by many industrial metal parts manufacturers to etch, cut or engrave very delicate or precise lines into metal. This process involves very little mechanical work, for it is an almost entirely chemical procedure. Almost every type of metal can be chemically etched, including most types of steel, titanium, brass, nickel, copper and so forth.

Etched metals are usually quite thin, such as sheet metals or foils, although thicker metals such as coins and plaques are often etched as well. Parts made from chemical milling include stencils, plaques, printing plates, printed circuit boards, foil-stamping dies, and embossing dies for electronics, aerospace and automotive industries among others. The acid etching process has six main steps. First, the metal sheet to be etched must be stripped of all oils and chemicals. Cleansers are typically an alkaline cleaner to strip organic materials followed by an acid cleaner to remove chemical residue; neither of these cleansers can be too strong, or the polished surface of the metal will be scratched. Next, a masking is applied to the entire surface. Masking types are often tapes or paints, elastomers (rubber) or plastics. A pattern is cut into the masking in the same shape the metal is to be cut, then the cut masking is removed from the areas to be etched, and the chemical, or "reagent", is applied.

After the acid has achieved its desired etch, both the reagent and the remaining photoresist are stripped. The metal is polished, any irregularities in the cut are burnished, and the etching is finished. Various types of metal require different etchants, or reagents. For example, steel typically takes hydrogen chloride or nitric acid; aluminum uses sodium hydroxide; stainless steel etching and copper use iron chloride or nitric acid, and so on. When the reagent is applied, many factors are considered to determine how fast the etch or cut will be made, how much of a side-cut will be made, etc.; temperature, agitation, and often the concentration of hydrochloric acid all determine what type of cut will be made. Acid etching and engraving has become increasingly popular as chemical technology has improved, since chemical milling is much faster and more economic than mechanical milling. Mechanical milling usually involves large and costly machinery, and each part must be milled individually. Parts can be completed by chemical milling within hours of design. This is likely the reason why larger OEMs and industrial machinists are turning to chemical and photo milling.



Acid Etching
Acid Etching
Acid Etching - United Western Enterprises, Inc.
Acid Etching - United Western Enterprises, Inc.