Photo Chemical Etching and Micro Fabrication.

Frequently asked questions

What are some advantages of using the chemical etching process?

Low-cost tooling, quick turnaround time and flexibility in design. Click here to read more about the process.

How fast the parts can be delivered?

Depending on the back log the first prototypes can be delivered within 72 hours

What is the minimum cost of an order?

The cost of our minimum order may depend on metal type, thickness, secondary packaging options or any of your requests.

Is the photo chemical etching process a burr-free process?

Yes, technically. There are no burrs created when the part is made.

What chemicals are used in photo etching?

Typically ferric chloride is used, however various chemicals are used depending on the material.

How long does it take to get parts made?

Standard lead times is two weeks. We also offer 5-day, 3-day and same-day premium fabrication services.

What types of packaging do we offer?

Bulk packing, tubes, boxed in foam layers or pick and place trays are used.

Does photo etching alter the properties of the metal?

No. Unlike traditional machining (such as stamping or laser cutting) there is not stress or extreme heat applied to the metal which could potentially affect the metal properties.

What types of parts can be produced?

Products that are commonly produced using photochemical etching include RFI / EMI shields, encoder discs, metal meshes and grids, gimbal discs, target sights, flat springs, nozzles heads, etc.

What type of files do we accept?

DXF and DWG are the preferred format for drawings.

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Accepted file types: DWG, DXF, Step, Gerber, PDF, Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator. Maximum file size 20MB.

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