Chemical Etching & Precision Photo Chemical Machining

Chemical Etching and Precision Photo Chemical Machining

Photo chemical machining has become a versatile and strategic method of creating custom shapes and forms using ultra thin metal of various compositions. The process eliminates many of the problems inherent with other manufacturing methods such as stamping or laser cutting. Because it is a photographic process, the fine details that can be reproduced far surpass other methods of production. Our source has been in business and servicing Arizona manufacturing orders since 1978 and has the reputation of successfully tackling projects outside the normal boundaries of other chemical etching companies. Their willingness to experiment and explore low cost tooling methods and options allow them to create parts that stretch the limits of design and configuration.


  • Design – Engineering is prepared to assist in you in design, material selection and forming as necessary to produce the part your team needs
  • Plotting – from 24” x 24” up to 60” x 80”
  • Tooling – Standard tooling is 12” x 24” but can reach 60” x 80”
Chemical Etching
  • Materials
    • Stainless Steel
    • Spring Steel
    • Electrical Steel
    • Copper
    • Beryllium Copper
    • Brass
    • Aluminum
    • Bronze
    • Phosphor Bronze
    • Nickel 201
    • Nickel Alloys
    • Nickel Silver
  • Thickness
    • Etch through – .0005 to .060
    • Deep etch – .060 to .250 one side etch
  • Sheet Size – Up to 60” x 80”
  • Lines
  • Plan – All parts are inspected to C=0 Sampling Plan which determines the number of parts dimensionally inspected. Generally, parts are inspected in sheet form in a zig/zag pattern. If a part is found out of tolerance, those parts immediately surrounding that sample are also inspected. This pattern continues until there are no incorrect parts on the sheet.
  • Equipment
    • Calipers
    • Micrometers
    • Depth gage
    • Pin gages
    • Surface plates
    • Surface profile meter
    • Optical Gauge Product Machine
Additional Services
  • Plating
    • Tin
    • Gold
    • Black oxide
    • Black chrome
    • Electroless nickel
    • Silver
    • Electro polish
    • Anodizing
    • Antique brass
    • Copper
    • Nickel
    • Pewter
    • Cadmium
  • Passivating/cleaning
  • Vibratory de-burr
  • Forming
  • Heat treat
  • ISO 9001-2015
  • ITAR Compliant
  • Process and material certification
Added Value Services
  • Kan-Ban
  • Pull scheduling
  • Bar coding
  • Kiting