Aluminum Etching Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Etching for Art

    Intricate designs and precise lines, these are often what define and give depth to metal sculptures. I have always loved sculpture work, particularly those made with recycled metal and I'm always amazed at how an artist can take these scraps and pieces and fit them together to create something new. And, as I said, it is often the small details that bring life to sculptures, and bring them to a higher level of artistry. The main way to achieve this look is the technique of metal etching. I recently saw...

  • The Many Benefits of Aluminum Etching

    What is the worlds most abundant metal in the crust of the Earth? That is correct, the answer is aluminum. Due to its abundance, it has become one of the more common metals in our daily economy. The metal has countless uses in everyday life. We use it for foil, cans, cooking utensils, baseball bats, automobile parts, sinks, construction, outdoor light poles and even spacecraft. It is this diversity that makes it so important for countless industries. Soft, durable, lightweight, malleable and ductile, this element can come in a variety...

  • Chemcut launches new mobile friendly website

    Feb 24, 2015 Chemcut Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of their redesigned mobile-friendly website, which is now accessible at www.Chemcut.net. The new site reflects Chemcut’s dedication to continuous improvement and innovation through a clean design, easy-to-navigate functionality, and a content-rich site experience. Chemcut CEO, Rick Lies, stated “Throughout our 59-year history, Chemcut has been recognized for product quality, unsurpassed customer service, and long-term relationships.  Our customers also value our innovative culture and ability to custom-design, test, and build a solution for any wet-process production environment.  The user-friendly design...

Industry Information

Aluminum Etching

Etching is a mechanical or chemical process that utilizes many different techniques to cut, engrave or otherwise depress designs into a flat piece of metal. Though many different types of metals may be etched, aluminum is one of the most common materials used in modern etching contexts. Also spelled aluminium, this is one of the most abundant metallic chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust and the third most plentiful of all elements. Its strong affinity to oxygen, however, makes its free form presence rare in nature.

Aluminum is extracted from ores such as bauxite using the Hall-Heroult method. While mining and refining this metal can be difficult, it is easily manufactured and 100% recyclable without any loss of its natural qualities. Extreme malleability, corrosion resistance, ductility, strength and thermal and electrical conductivity make aluminum sheets, plates, strips and foils prime candidates for etching and engraving processes. While hobbyists and artists frequently utilize aluminum etching, industrial and commercial manufacturing also incorporate this medium in a variety of applications. Transportation, aerospace, construction, electrical and medical industries all integrate aluminum etching in metal components. Products such as castings, tubes, construction hardware, cooking utensils, watches and heat sinks frequently include etched aluminum components.

Such a wide variety of aluminum etched products reflects the many different etching techniques available. While hand etching with a needle is still popular in artistic and custom applications, chemical etching or machining is the most common industrial etching method, particularly acid etching and photofabrication . Acid etching is accomplished by covering the aluminum surface to be etched with an acid resistant waxy ground such as asphaltum. The manufacturer scratches off the ground, using a point etching needle creating the design of the finished piece. The aluminum sheet is then dipped into acid or has acid washed over the metal. Photofabrication follows a similar procedure but rather than a waxy ground, the aluminum is covered in a photoresist and exposed to UV light to create the template necessary before the corrosive chemical is applied.  In either instance, the chemical wash bites into the metal where it is unprotected, leaving a depression in the plate. The depth of the groove depends on the length of application. When the desired depth is achieved, the remaining chemicals are washed off and the rest of the wax or photoresist is removed to reveal the finished product. Sodium hydroxide is the chemical most often used with when etching aluminum.



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