Conard's Photo Etching Blog

Essential Things to Know about Photo Etching

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Feb 20, 2018 9:08:26 AM

Why Metal thickness Matters so much in Etching

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Topics: Photo chemical etching, Metal Filtration, Cost of Photo Etching

How did you ever survive before photo etching?

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Feb 6, 2018 11:23:47 AM

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.

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Topics: Photo chemical etching

How Photo Etching Compares in Cost

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Nov 11, 2016 3:30:18 PM

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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Topics: metal etching

How to Become a Photo Etching Ace

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on May 23, 2016 4:10:29 PM

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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Topics: Photo chemical etching

Do You Know Manufacturing's Best Kept Secret?

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Mar 18, 2016 12:04:27 PM

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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Topics: Photo chemical etching

Handy Facts About Photochemical Etching

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Jan 13, 2016 1:04:18 PM

Metal Thickness Drives Everything

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

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Topics: Photo chemical etching

The Benefits of Photo Etching [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Oct 9, 2015 8:51:00 AM


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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Topics: Quality

3 reasons to celebrate photo etching during Manufacturing Month

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Oct 6, 2015 8:59:00 AM

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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Topics: Photo chemical etching, Manufacturing Industry News

Electroforming - a smart business decision

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Sep 29, 2015 11:08:00 AM
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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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Topics: Electroforming

Why Sensors Benefit From Precision Metal Etching

Posted by Kathleen Stillman on Sep 1, 2015 2:31:00 PM
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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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Topics: Photo chemical etching