Conard's Photo Etching Blog

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sep 29 2015

Electroforming - a smart business decision

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Electroforming

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

Why Sensors Benefit From Precision Metal Etching

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching

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Photo etching is a powerful option for OEMs looking for a supplier of precision component parts for sensors.
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Aug 20 2015

Photo Etching can Help Auto Manufacturers Keep up with Industry Trends

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching

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The auto manufacturing industry is undergoing a major transformation thanks to the proliferation of electronics and communication technologies.
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Aug 11 2015

How Down-sizing Dimensions Favors Photo Etching

By: Kathleen Stillman

Posted in: Photo chemical etching

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In nearly every industry, the trend is toward devices and equipment that give users more power and functionality, even as the products get smaller and smaller.
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