Titanium Etching Services and Companies

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  • Maple Grove, MN 763-425-4755

    Great Lakes Engineering is a trend setting manufacturer of surface mount stencils, precision laser cut parts, and photo chemical etched parts. We work with a wide range of materials, including Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass, Titanium, Nitinol, Nickel, Kovar and many others. We do not work with glass, plastics, or aluminum. Our specialty is working with very thin materials ranging from .001” to .030” thick. We can offer a wide range of capabilities and materials to meet your needs.

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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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Titanium Etching Industry Information

Titanium Etching

Titanium is known for its corrosion resistance, strength, durability, and light weight. It is commonly found in rocks, clay, sand, and soil in ilmenite and rutile. When those two minerals are processed, they produce titanium tetrachloride, which, by adding sodium, produces pure titanium.

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Applications of Titanium Etching

There is a long list of uses for titanium etchings, which include dental implants, eye surgery blades, hearing aids, cardiac rhythm management, and cranial mesh. Aerospace uses approximately 80% of all titanium produced because of its strength to weight ratio, and the chemical industry uses titanium for its resistance to chemical environments. Etched titanium has also found multiple applications in the health and medical fields due to its biocompatibility, which refers to how the metal interacts with the human body.

Material Properties of Titanium

The preparation process for titanium is complex and reactive. Until the 1950s, titanium was a laboratory curiosity. With the development of special processing methods, it became commercially available for industrial use. The unique qualities of titanium makes it a perfect metal for a variety of applications. It has half the density of iron at 4.5g/cm3 and twice the density of aluminum, with very low electrical and thermal conductivity. It is also paramagnetic, which means that it is weakly attracted to magnets. The tensile and yield strength of titanium is similar to stainless steel.

Process of Titanium Etching

There are two methods for etching titanium: hydrochloric acid and electrolytic. Hydrochloric acid (HF) is preferred because it produces excellent quality and can be serialized. The electrolytic process involves an electrolyte, anode, and cathode to remove titanium by reverse plating.

Photochemical etching produces patterns on metal by dissolving portions of the metal using an oxidizing reagent. Hydrofluoric acid, or a combination of nitric and hydrofluoric acid, are used in wet photochemical etching of titanium. The etching reagent is HF, while nitric acid contains hydrogen absorption. The ideal thickness of the sheets of titanium for etching are between 25 micrometers (µm) and 1.0 mm. The photo resistant pattern is applied to the substrate layer of the titanium sheet before chemical etching processing, which can be either negative or positive.

Benefits of Titanium Etching

The benefits to titanium etching are cost-effectiveness, limitless part complexity, and short lead times. The tooling for titanium etching can be changed and adapted easily without the need for extra preparation. Additionally, since titanium etching does not use heat or mechanical force, components do not require any after process treatments, such as deburring or flattening.