Photo Etching Metals

We design and manufacture photo etched components from various metals suitable for aerospace, defense, medical, electronic, filtration, automotive and many other commercial markets. Our core competency lies in producing micro-machined components, such as micro fluidic devices, screens and meshes, fuel valves, manifolds, electronic components and disc filters. Chemically Etched Miniature Systems (ChEMS ®) as well as our PhotoPore® screens are two of our patented etched products which are used in critical spacecraft and medical applications.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE PRODUCTS WE ETCH

Aluminum
Brass
Copper
Nickel alloy
Polyimide
Carbon & spring steel
Stainless steel and
Titanium

Depending on the dimensions, tolerances, edge profiles, and configuration requirements, certain materials may be better suited for your needs. Our assistance is offered upon material selection. Photo etched components can be produced from panels up to 28” x 68” in size in our clean rooms, holding minimum dimensional tolerances of ±0.0005″ and even better positional tolerances. Based on your application requirements, we can process etched components in tabbed or untabbed process sheets. Our operations yield consistent etching results and dimensional consistencies across the entire panel.

At the beginning of every fabrication project, component specifications provided by customers are reviewed thoroughly and a project engineer is assigned to each job. Design assistance is also offered to customers with Autodesk Inventor, COSMOS and Ansoft Maxwell 2D. Photographic artworks are generated according to customers’ exact specifications and are laser plotted to engineered “photo tools”. The images produced by these photo tools are exposed onto resistant dry or wet films; controlled UV exposure ensures accurate transfer of images from artwork photo tools to the process panels. As one of the largest commercial etching facilities in the United States, we offer development, prototyping and high volume manufacturing capabilities.

Statistical Process Control (SPC) is used throughout our production process and chemical controls. Our SPC ensures high quality regulation of your photo etched component. Proprietary resist removal solutions are used for stripping the resistant films from etched panels. Along with our photo etching expertise, we provide many other in-house capabilities including; Automated Visual Inspection, Assembling, Testing, Diffusion and Adhesive Bonding, Forming, Special Packaging and other value added operations performed to your components, in a dust-controlled environment. As an environmentally committed organization, we recycle all acid and metal waste.

Precision Photo Etching Capabilities

Primary Services
Adhesive Bonding
Diffusion Bonding
Laser Micro Machining
Photo Etching
Specialty Processes
Differential Etching
Material List
Alloy 42
Aluminum
Beryllium Copper
BrassCarbon Steel

Copper

Inconel

Kapton™

Kovar

Magnetic Alloys

Monel

Nickel

Nitinol Shape Memory

Phosphor Bronze

Silicon Steel

Spring Steel

Stainless Steel

Titanium

Zirconium and many more.

Part Thickness
0.0005″ to 0.125″
Minimum Dimensional Tolerance
±0.0005″
Maximum Panel Size
28″ x 68″
Tab Configurations
“V” Shaped Tabs

Straight Tabs

Laser Micro Machining Capabilities
Drilling

Laser Welding

Metal Cutting

Laser Center
Accuracy: +/- 1 micrometer

Repeatability: +/- 0.5 micrometer

Rotary stage capable of 6 arc second resolution and 15 arc second accuracy

Metal Cutting
Material Thickness: 0.001″ to 0.075″
Rotary Tube Cutting Dimensions: 10″ in length x 1.5″ diameter
Smallest Kerf Width on Thin Gauge Material: 0.0025″

X – Y Travel: 18″ x 18″

Laser Welding
Deep penetration, 90% overlap hermetic pulse seal welding

Spot welding as small as .005″

Drilling
10:1 hole-to-material thickness ratio capability
Value-added Services
Embossing
Heat Treating
Kiss Cutting
MarkingSpecial Packaging
Plating

Welding

Assembly

Bonding

Applications
Air Bag Sensors
Carrier Screens
Electronics Connectors
EMI/RFI ShieldingEncoders (linear & rotary)

Extruding Die Screens

Faraday Shielding

Filtration

Fluid Channels

Fluid Controls

Fuel Cells

Haptics for Intraocular Lens

Hearing Aid Devices

Heat Exchangers

Implantables

Lancets

Mass Spectrometer Devices

Mesh & Sieving

Orifices

Pin Holes (leak test, pressure, etc)

Positional Devices

Printing Masks

Reconstructive Mesh

Sensor Components

Sensors

Shims

Sight Aid (eyes) Implantables

Spacers/Shims

Springs

Stators & Rotors

Stencils/Masks

Support Mesh/Screen

Switches

Targeting/Sights/Positionals

Industries Served
Automotive
Avionic / Space
Electroni
cFiber
Mechanical / Manufacturing

Medical

PrintersScientific Controls

Certifications
Clean Room Accredited to FED-STD-209 Class 10,000 Standards
PRI / NADCAP Certified
Software Used
Autodesk Inventor
AutoCAD
Acceptable File Formats
DWGDXFIGES
JPEG

PDF