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Titanium Etching Services and Companies

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of titanium etching companies and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source titanium etching companies with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate companies that will provide titanium etching services for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading titanium etching companies. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right companies whether you are looking for photo etchings, aluminum etching, or chemical milling.

  • 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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  • Elkhart, IN 574-293-3342

    The Micro Etch Technologies process offers many technical & financial advantages in manufacturing various flat metal components. Try this precision etching, non-mechanical process for competitively priced, burr & stress free sheet metal products, up to 62 mil (.062”) thick. Our photo-chemical machining process is also known as photo-fabrication, photo etching, chemical milling & acid etching.

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  • South El Monte, CA 626-442-7436

    We specialize in the unique, advantageous photo chemical machining process. For prototypes, short & volume runs, acid etching is used to create precision thin metal parts from virtually any metal. This chemical etching process lowers cost and is stress & burr free. Decorative panels to formed parts.

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  • Utica, NY 800-775-3824

    International Marking Group is an experienced manufacturer of high quality metal etching components. With electromarking as one of our core competencies, we have been particularly successful satisfying the exact needs of our customers. Call us to discuss your etching needs and take a look at our website for a complete look at all our services!

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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.

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 has made 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 and is paramagnetic, weakly attracted to magnets. The tensile and yield strength of titanium is similar to stainless steel.

Etched titanium has found multiple applications in the health and medical fields due to its biocompatibility and its processing methods that do not require any after processing operations.

There are two methods for etching titanium, which are 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.

Aerospace uses approximately 80% of all titanium produced because of its strength to weight ratio. Its other applications include medical applications for implants due to its mechanical properties. The chemical industry uses titanium for its resistance to chemical environments.

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 photoresistant pattern is applied to the substrate layer of the titanium sheet before chemical etching processing, which can be either negative or positive.

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. One of the main qualities of titanium etched products for medical use is titanium’s biocompatibility, how it interacts with the human body.

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