What is Chemical Etching?
Chemical etching (also known as photo-chemical machining (PCM), acid etching, etching aluminium, photochemical etching and chemical milling) is as precise as it is quick and economical.
Complicated, multi-level, multi-feature, high-precision parts can be produced without the need for expensive tooling or machinery. Rapid prototypes can be produced from your drawings in a matter of days, with production then quickly scaled to industrial levels.
Precision: How small do you need to go?
Since the biggest design challenges often involve the smallest and most precise part of your product, it’s important to know the precision of a manufacturing method. With chemical etching, you can go as small as 25 μm, making it one of the most high-precision manufacturing processes. Photo chemical etching is especially suitable when round holes, sharp edges and straight or profiled edges are desired.
Quality: Aesthetics matter too
With chemical etching, you can create ultra-smooth burr- and stress-free parts with a high cosmetic finish, which is important for many applications. Chemical etching is especially suitable when round holes, sharp edges and straight or profiled edges are desired.
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Lead time: Rapid prototyping
If you need prototypes — and you need them fast — then chemical etching is the way to go. With this subtractive manufacturing method, prototypes can be produced from drawings in a matter of days. Moreover, it allows you to move from prototyping to industrial-scale production almost instantly.
Photo Chemical Etching Process