Copper Etching Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Tradition to Modern Engraving

    Copper is a prized metal for a number of reasons. Throughout time copper has been used in industry primarily for printing purposes or for artistic decorative purposes. Copper is abundant, easily mined and is a 100% recyclable metal. Copper is also a malleable and ductile metal that is desired by many industries for engraving purposes. Therefore, mechanical and chemical processes have been created in order to engrave this precious metal. Copper has traditionally and is still used in printing shops or as a decorative device. In the printing industry copper...

  • Pennies and Copper Etching

    The intricate detail on different coins will never cease to amaze me. Although I have grown accustomed to the detail on US coins, foreign coins are beautiful and always fun to look at. Yet, even the US penny is interesting. While pennies are stamped, the design could also be created through etching. Stamping and etching into metals is practiced nearly everywhere in the world. It can be used in industry as well as art, and is often found in both. Etching is done through mechanical or chemical processes. It engraves,...

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Copper 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, copper is one of the most common materials used in both traditional and modern etching contexts. One of the few metals found abundantly in nature, copper is easily mined, refined and 100% recyclable. This malleable and ductile metal is easily manufactured into strips, smooth rods or tubes, sheets and plates desirable for engraving.

The fine qualities of copper make it the preferred choice for etching as it bites evenly, holds texture well and color is not often distorted. Although green patina may develop over time when copper is exposed to environmental conditions, artistic etchings often utilize this attribute for a more integrated design. While hobbyists and artists frequently utilize copper etching, industrial and commercial manufacturing also incorporate this medium in a variety of applications. Aerospace, automotive, transportation, electronics, minting and medical industries all utilize copper etching in metal components. The popularity of copper in many of these settings can be attributed to its being one of the best known and most cost effective conductors of heat and electricity. For this reason and others etched copper products include microchips, statues, decorative ornaments, printed circuit boards, musical instruments, piping, tubing, cookware, coinage and even ammunition.

Such a wide variety of copper etched products reflects the many different etching techniques available. While hand etching with a needle is 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 copper surface to be etched with an acid resistant waxy ground. The manufacturer scratches off the ground, using a point etching needle creating the design of the finished piece. The copper 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 copper 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. Cupric chloride is the chemical most often used with copper due to its high etch rate, though iron chloride and nitric acid are also compatible with copper.

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

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