Steel is one of the most popular metal materials to use in manufacturing.
Thanks to the many useful properties it possesses. Here at Qualitetch, we utilise a number of steel variants, including both mild steel and carbon steel, to harness the durability and resilience of the metal.
Etched steel parts and components are great for a multitude of industries and sectors, including automotive, aerospace, electronics and telecommunications, and can be found in everyday items and objects in the home, on the road and in the workplace.
Mild steel is also known as carbon steel, spring steel and includes brand names such as Sandvik steel and Uddeholm.
Thanks to the incredibly accurate results and speed of the process used, we can offer our customers a range of commercial products with a low margin of error and high turnaround on orders. Please contact us today on 01354 658787 to find out more.
Photo etching, also known as chemical etching or metal etching, is a versatile and precise manufacturing process used to create intricate designs on various metals. Mild steel and carbon steel are two commonly utilized materials in photo etching due to their favorable characteristics. In this discussion, we will explore the properties of mild steel and carbon steel, the photo etching process, and the applications of this technique.
Mild steel, also known as low carbon steel, is a widely used material in photo etching. It is primarily composed of iron and carbon, with small amounts of other elements. The low carbon content makes mild steel relatively soft and easy to work with, while still maintaining sufficient strength for many applications.
One of the key advantages of using mild steel in photo etching is its affordability. Mild steel is cost-effective and readily available, making it an attractive option for various industries. Additionally, its malleability allows for intricate designs and fine details during the etching process.
The photo etching process begins with the preparation of a light-sensitive resist on the mild steel surface. A photoresist is applied and exposed to UV light through a mask, which carries the desired pattern. The exposed areas undergo a chemical reaction, creating a hardened resist that protects the metal beneath. The unexposed areas are then removed through chemical etching, leaving behind the intricate design on the mild steel.