Conard's Photo Etching Blog

Feb 20 2018

Essential Things to Know about Photo Etching

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching, Metal Filtration, Cost of Photo Etching

Why Metal thickness Matters so much in Etching

Read Article
Feb 06 2018

How did you ever survive before photo etching?

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching

We've seen it time and again. From never heard of it to can't manage without it. Photo etching becomes the go-to solution for precision metal parts fabricating once people understand its advantages. Among the key features are inexpensive, rapidly produced phototools ( 1 day), the ability to process metal foils as thin as .0005 inches (really!), and completely "stress free machining": no burrs and no mechanical or thermal effects.

Read Article
Nov 11 2016

How Photo Etching Compares in Cost

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: metal etching

Many design platforms now offer some basic cost estimating for the fabrication processes that are already programmed in. But NONE of them know anything about photochemical machining, so how can you be expected to know whether etching might be your best option.

Read Article
May 23 2016

How to Become a Photo Etching Ace

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching

In my experience, professionals involved in designing, engineering, and sourcing precision metal components have a pretty good grasp of a variety of fabrication processes. Except for photochemical machining (metal etching), to which the response is usually a blank look, shrugged shoulders and a negative head nod. You don't have to be one of those people any more.

Read Article
Mar 18 2016

Do You Know Manufacturing's Best Kept Secret?

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching

You may be aces on the intricacies of stamping, laser, plasma, waterjet and EDM. But what do you know about the other metal fabrication process that is solving problems for engineers in many industries every day? “Which one?” you ask?

Read Article
Jan 13 2016

Handy Facts About Photochemical Etching

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching

Metal Thickness Drives Everything

Minimum feature sizes, dimensional tolerances and costs are directly affected by metal thickness.

Read Article
Oct 09 2015

The Benefits of Photo Etching [INFOGRAPHIC]

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Quality


You have a few options when it comes to parts fabrication from sheet or strip metal. Here are some methods that are best for efficiency, cost effectiveness and quality.

Read Article
Oct 06 2015

3 reasons to celebrate photo etching during Manufacturing Month

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching, Manufacturing Industry News

The first Friday of October - known as National Manufacturing Day - kicks off what is now considered Manufacturing Month here in the U.S. All throughout the month, manufacturers and educational institutions will lead discussions and panels about the state of U.S. manufacturing now and in the future. The American manufacturing industry has never been as exciting as it is today, with so many different technological and industrial innovations converging to change the sector as a whole.

Read Article
Sep 29 2015

Electroforming - a smart business decision

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Electroforming

Google Logo
With it's ability to handle difficult "micro" designs at relatively low costs, electroforming is a smart business decision.
Read Article
Sep 01 2015

Why Sensors Benefit From Precision Metal Etching

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching

Google Logo
Photo etching is a powerful option for OEMs looking for a supplier of precision component parts for sensors.
Read Article