What Are The Advantages Of Photo Chemical Machining Over Stamping?

Hard metals can be etched. Parts are produced burr-free, stress-free, flat, dry and clean. Very thin metals (.0005") are routinely handled. Costs for prototype production, short runs, even runs in hundreds of thousands of pieces are often less than those for conventional manufacturing. Parts whose designs make conventional stamping impossible present no problem for the photo chemical machining process. Economic Considerations Below is a formula, given as an equation, which suggest...
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What is Artwork or Phototool?

Artwork is the photographic tooling used in the fabrication of thin metal parts. It is generated by a series of graphic and photographic steps designed to produce a faithful image of the desired metal part, properly sized and compensated for the processing condition, on a piece of film or a glass plate. Compensation of the artwork is carried out mathematically before the artwork is generated to determine the exact dimensions desired in the photographic image. The photographic processes applied t...
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What is Photo Chemical Machining?

Photo chemical machining is a metal removal process using an etchant to machine precision parts from almost every type of metal. The size and shape of the part is first imaged photographically on a metal sheet. All material other than the image produced is etched away, leaving the finished part, which is stress-free, burr-free and is as flat as the parent metal from which it was etched.
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