You are just starting a small manufacturing business and are in the market for a metal etcher – which kind should you choose? There are two kinds of metal etchers – those who use hard tooling to create parts and those who use photo etching. Those who do photo etching are much better than those who do hard tooling for several reasons.
The first is that hard tooling tends to compromise the metal sheet. The process requires the use of heavy tools and lots of force which can lead to cracks and tears. Any parts made from such metal sheets can be easily compromised, affecting quality of production and even leading to serious accidents.
The other benefit of metal etching is that it is faster than hard tooling. With just a few simple steps you will get parts ready to go. The metal is cleaned before the etching is done so that once the process is complete the parts are ready for use. Parts produced this way do not have burrs so there is no time wasted de-burring them.
Photo etching is also the way to get the most precise parts as it is highly accurate. Even with highly complicated parts design you will be able to get parts that are only +/-.01 mm from the actual measurements. This process can be used to produce one piece or millions which makes it ideal for small businesses as they don’t have to etch parts that they don’t need. The process is also highly affordable – you don’t have to worry about paying lots of money to get your machinery going.
To conclude, you are better off with a metal etcher who uses photo etching such as Qualitetch. They have been etching metal for more than 25 years so you can trust that they will do an excellent job.