Chemical etching offers unparalleled precision and versatility, enabling the creation of intricate patterns, fine details, and complex geometries on copper. It allows for exceptionally tight tolerances, ensuring uniformity and precision across batches of components.
The advantages of employing photo chemical etching on copper are manifold. It offers a cost-effective means of producing intricate and complex designs without requiring expensive tooling or extensive machining. Its flexibility facilitates rapid prototyping and efficient mass production, catering to both small-scale and large-scale manufacturing needs.
Moreover, the process retains the inherent properties of copper, such as its excellent conductivity and corrosion resistance. This ensures that the final components maintain their conductivity and integrity, making them ideal for applications demanding reliable electrical performance in various environments.
Components manufactured through chemical etching of copper find widespread use across industries. These include intricate electrical contacts and connectors in electronics, heat sinks for thermal management in computing devices, precise meshes and screens in filtration systems, and specialized components in aerospace and automotive technologies.
In conclusion, photo etching of copper is a sophisticated manufacturing technique that harnesses the exceptional properties of this metal to produce precise, durable, and complex components. Its ability to maintain copper's inherent qualities while achieving intricate designs with exceptional precision makes it an indispensable method across diverse industries.
Due to the high conductivity of Copper, the metal is often used for electrical, automotive and transmission components. One of its primary uses is for wiring and harnesses, especially within the automotive industry where many electrical components are manufactured from copper using the photo etching process.
The metal is cleaned once your design has been finalised, and the metal sheet covered with UV sensitive photo-resist before printing your design. The metal is then taken through a chemical bath with ferric chloride, which acid etches the design from the metal sheet to produce your finished precision components.
Any trace of UV photo-resist remaining is stripped and removed once the etching process has been completed – and your chemically etched metal parts are taken to our QA technicians for final dimensional approval.
Qualitetch offers a quick and efficient turnaround, even for the highest of demands, with a high level of accuracy and quality. If you would like more information on the photo chemical etching process of copper, please contact the team on 01354 658787.
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