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Photo Engraving Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory is a top industrial directory listing of leading industrial photo engraving companies and suppliers. Access our comprehensive index to review and source photo engraving companies with preview ads and detailed product descriptions. These photo engraving companies can provide photo engraving services to your specifications and application needs. A quick and easy to use request for quote form is provided for you to contact these photo engraving companies and suppliers. Each company has detailed profile information, locations, phone number, website links, product videos and product information defined. Read customer reviews and product specific news articles. We are the right resource for your information requirement whether its for impact photo engravings, magnesium photo engraving, or laser photo etchings.

  • Maple Grove, MN 763-425-4755

    Our photo engraving is sure to please! Our technicians possess a strong work ethic in order to ensure that we will get you products to you with the speediest turnaround times in the market today. We have been around since 1986 and we want to put that experience to work for you! We are dedicated to providing nothing but excellent customer service at all times. To learn more about what we can do for you, fill out the easy form on our website 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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  • Lancaster, PA 800-522-9709

    Photochemical machining is the process we use on aluminum (and alloys), brass, copper, inconels, kovar, metal foils (less than .001” thick), metal sheets (up to .125” thick), mild steels, molybdenum, monels, nickel, phosphor bronze, stainless (300 & 400) and others. Trust your metal etching needs to us.

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  • Newark, NY 315-331-7680

    Our metal engraving is the best in the industry! We work with a variety of metals to come out with the finished product that you have been searching for. Our metals that we use are typically flat sheets that are coiled or blanks that are cut to size. We are committed to providing excellent customer service every time you do business with us. Get in touch with our staff today or fill out the easy form on our website to get started!

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Photo Engraving

Photo engraving, often called photo etching or photochemical milling, is a process very similar to regular chemical etching or chemical milling. It is still a chemical process and utilizes the same masking and etching technique, with one significant difference: instead of using masking material and cutting out the area to be etched, a photoresist is applied and developed through a patterned exposure to light. The result is the same; the undeveloped areas of the photoresist protect the metal's surface from being etched, while the developed areas are washed away and exposed to etching agents.

Photo etching and engraving is often used not only on metals, but on glass as well; this technique allows photos or complex images to be engraved rather inexpensively into decorative items. Like chemical milling and etching, the first step to photo engraving is to clean the metal surface. Next a thin layer of photoresist is laid on the area to be etched. This photoresist protects the metal surface not being engraved but also breaks down under targeted ultraviolet light exposure over the metal surfaces which are to be engraved. The developing process, as with photography, can be reversed; positive or negative working photoresists may be used.

After the photoresist has been applied, the metal is exposed to a precise light pattern. Negative and positive working photoresists achieve different types of images and desired results. If the photoresist is negative working, the exposed portion will protect the metal while the unexposed portion will dissolve away when chemicals are applied. If the photoresist is positive working, the metal portion exposed to light will dissolve under chemicals while the rest remains. After the metal has been exposed to a light pattern, a specific chemical will be applied in varying strength and force, again, depending on the desired depth of cut, sideways etch, etc. After the acid has achieved its desired etch, both the ferric chloride and the remaining photoresist are stripped. The metal is polished, any irregularities in the cut are burnished, and the etching is finished. The benefits of using photo engraving as opposed to regular chemical milling or manual engraving are substantial. Chemical milling requires parts of the masking to be cut and removed, whereas with photo engraving, the surface merely needs to be exposed to a pattern of light and the photoresist rinsed. Photo etching allows for much more complex patterns and images to be laid and this is often the only way to etch photos or intricate designs. Photo etching is achieved more quickly and cost-effectively than regular chemical milling.

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