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Copper Etching Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory implements a thorough list of copper etching companies and suppliers. Utilize our listing to examine and sort top copper etching companies with previews of ads and detailed descriptions of each product. Any copper etching company can provide copper etching services to meet your companies specific qualifications. An easy connection to reach copper 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 acid etched copper, plasma etching copper, or high resolution copper etchings.

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  • Maple Grove, MN 763-425-4755

    We are your source for excellent copper etching! We use a state of the art chemical etching process in order to provide you with the cost effective solutions to all of your metal etching needs. Our copper etched parts have been utilized in many applications such as electrical leads, washers, electronic connectors, shielding and laminations as well as many more! Get in touch with us via phone or email today!

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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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Copper Etching Industry Information

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 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.

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Applications of Copper Etching

The fine qualities of copper make it the preferred choice for etching as it bites evenly, holds texture well, and the 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.

Types of Copper Etching

Such a wide variety of copper etched products reflects the available etching techniques. 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 the acid-resistant waxy ground. The manufacturer scratches off the ground, using a point etching needle to create 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.



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