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Chemical Milling Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Maple Grove, MN 763-425-4755

    If you are in need of chemical milling then Great Lakes Engineering, Inc. can help. Our high performance chemical milling is affordable and we utilize top of the line equipment to create your products. It is our mission to exceed your expectations and we will work with you every step of the way. Feel free to contact us today to learn more information!

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  • El Monte, CA 626-443-7121

    VACCO is the industry leader of Photo Chemical Etching of metal & polyimide components and devices. We specialize in Stainless steel, Titanium, and Copper, but work with a variety of different materials. We have over 60 years of experience in Chem Etching, and we offer Micro Laser Cutting & Welding, and Diffusion & Adhesive Bonding services along with an extensive range of value-added services. Whether your application is large or small, VACCO can assist you from prototype to production.

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  • Phoenix, AZ 602-278-7800

    Quality. Integrity. Made in USA. Precision etched parts, nameplates, asset tags, graphic overlays, signage and more - our team has been producing high quality products for over 35 years. We serve all industries - automotive, aerospace, military, medical, electronics and equipment manufacturers.

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  • Milford, MA 508-478-2025

    PEI is a leading producer of photochemical machining and photochemical etching precision and decorative metal parts. We use chemical machining and etching as a process to selectively remove material by chemical action, creating extraordinary cost-effectiveness. In business since 1967.

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  • Morgan Hill, CA 888-448-2549

    Founded in 1977, we offer photochemical machining to make products from copper-based alloys plus ferrous and high-nickel alloys. We have used chemical milling to produce items for the architectural, decorative, mechanical and motion picture industries. Secondary operations also available.

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Chemical Milling

Chemical milling, also known as chemical etching, is the process of using chemicals on materials to etch, cut, or engrave specific designs or patterns.

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Applications of Chemical Milling

Almost every type of metal can be processed with this technique, including steel, titanium, brass, nickel, and copper. Etched metals are usually thin mediums such as sheet metals or foils, although thicker metals such as coins and plaques can be etched as well. Chemical milling is commonly used to create parts such as stencils, plaques, printed plates, circuit boards, and foil-stamping dies. It is considered a specialized process.

Process of Chemical Milling

Certain acids or chemicals react with metals to dissolve them, and thus lines and holes can be created in a piece of metal using the application of these specific acids or chemicals. In the process of chemical milling, the metal sheet to be etched is cleansed thoroughly before the masking layer is applied. Masking is often made up of tapes or paints, elastomers, plastics, or by a photoresist in photo etching, and it is applied to the areas of the metal sheet that are not to come into contact with the etching acid. If tape is used, a pattern can be cut into the masking layers using a scribe and peel method. The metal part or sheet is then exposed to the chemical or reagent in order for corrosion to occur. When the reagent is applied, many factors are considered to determine how long to leave it for including temperature, agitation, acid concentration, and the desired depth of the cut or etch. After the desired result is achieved, the chemical is stripped off the part and it is polished.

Benefits of Chemical Milling

Chemical milling is a specialized process that can save manufacturers time and money if implemented by qualified personnel. The process involves hardly any mechanical work, but it is necessary to understand the different chemical concentrations in relation to their reaction with certain metals. It has become increasingly popular as chemical technology has improved. Compared to mechanical milling which requires costly machinery and maintenance, as well as individual milling, chemical milling is a faster and more economical method of metal engraving. Larger OEMs and industrial machinists are turning to chemical and photo milling as it is also a viable alternative to stamping and laser or water-jet cutting for precision parts. Tooling is relatively cheap and the process can result in finished components in a matter of hours although many hobbyists, artists, and small manufacturers still prefer hand engraving over chemical or mechanical for a personal and more organic finish to their metal etchings and engravings.



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