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Thin stainless steel part cut by photo chemical milling
Sensor device etched and cut by photo chemical milling

If you need photo chemical milling for a precision part we are one of the most capable and affordable sources and we can get the job done right. Photo chemical milling is a process that produces 2D part shapes by creating a chemical resist mask on the surface of sheet metal and chemically dissolving material from unmasked areas. We stock a wide variety of materials, use state-of-the-art machines and diligently follow all design specifications. We continually strive to improve and optimize our processes and maximize customer convenience. Our customers range from inventors to businesses to government agencies. We are focused on quality and customer service.

How photo chemical milling works

The process follows these steps:

Photo chemical milling offers high precision and detailed shapes in thin metal sheets, free of burrs. The process is particularly competitive for complex shapes.

The chemical process can make almost any 2D shape in relatively thin gauge sheet metal, typically 0.001" to 0.050" thick. Applications include gaskets, electrical shields, works of art, optical interrupters, shims, eraser shields, etc. The process can also be used for etching which is similar to engraving. Tooling consists of a film transparency. Cost reduction options include minimizing thickness and part area.

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