Thin metal parts are fabricated and manufactured using photo chemical machining, chemical blanking, and the photo etching process. The photochemical machining, etching, and milling processes have many distinct advantages over CNC machining and milling, punch presses, and other types of manufacturing processes for thin metal parts fabrication.
Advantages of using E-FAB Photo Chemical Machining (PCM) processes for manufacturing your thin metal parts.
1. Low cost tooling advantages:
Tooling costs are low because the tooling is primarily done on a computer, and aided by CAD/CAM software; thus minimizing expensive mechanical setups (no need for expensive punch dies) and other operational costs.
2. Speed of delivery equals time and money saved:
E-FAB PCM and photo etching will save on both time and money. Part deliveries are typically within a week or two depending on the job, though shorter delivery times are available. Contact our engineering department and sales specialists for quick turn quotes.
3. Metal properties and structural integrity of manufactured parts:
The various metals’ properties and structural integrities are maintained as a unique advantage.
4. Design multiplicity cost savings:
Thin metal part patterns requiring tighter tolerances can be stepped and repeated (multi-ups) on larger panels. Gang assembly can sometimes offer substantial cost savings. Parts can either be separated from the assembly, or small parts can be configured with break out tabs on larger panel sizes, and left intact for other automated operation assemblies. Once these other assembly processes are completed, parts can easily be removed at the tab junctions.
5. Tooling modifications:
Using CAD/CAM software and computers, the photo etch designs can be quickly modified at a minimal cost to the OEM. This allows the OEM designer to take full advantage of E-FAB’s prototype to production speed capabilities, in order to build a prototype at a low cost and provide a fast turn around time to getting it into production.
6. Burring is eliminated on finished metal parts:
With the E-FAB PCM process, part configurations are maintained without surface burring; thus creating an excellent finish for the thin metal parts.
7. Prototype to mass production can be accomplished in record times:
Production variables such as time and cost are significantly reduced; and with prototypes being able to be produced quickly using the fast E-FAB PCM manufacturing processes, E-FAB can produce precision thin metal parts in record times. These PCM machined parts allow you to develop the design quickly before going to mass production with stampings, or even using multi-up PCM processes in production runs.
8. Complex shapes are easily produced:
E-FAB can produce thin metal parts formed into complex, 3 dimensional, precision shapes and various sizes. In fact, with the integration of precision etched bend lines, and other etched surface features, it is easy to produce multifaceted thin metal parts that can subsequently be formed into precision shapes.
9. Easily fabricate thin metal parts out of various metals and alloys:
A wide variety of metals, alloys, and other composite materials can be used to produce precision thin metal parts quickly using the E-FAB PCM process.
10. E-FAB PCM manufacturing and fabrication processes are ideal for all thin metal parts:
E-FAB PCM processes are ideal for producing both large format arrays and/or small highly specialize thin metal part designs, built to customers’ specifications.
No job is too large or too small. We are up to the challenge today to build the parts that no one else can build. We provide the “can do” attitude. E-FAB engineers will help engineer, design, and build it for you.
11. Contact E-FAB for your precision thin metal parts today.
Below is a small sampling of the E-FAB precision thin metal parts and the various composite materials used. These parts are typically manufactured to .060 inch thick (or thinner) finished part thicknesses, manufactured from (copper, beryllium copper, brass, bronze, tin, nickel, nickel silver, molybdenum, steel, stainless steel, Monel, spring steels, aluminum, magnetic alloys, Duroid laminates, polyimides, Teflons, ceramic substrates, Kovar, and other common and exotic materials), and produced by E-FAB using the photo etch and chemical blanking processes.
E-FAB PCM produces: microwave circuits, Space Borne antennas, Space Fed Lens antennas, EMI shielding, mess screens, seals, dielectric coated copper conductors, micro insulated non insulated contacts, etched scales, mechanical parts, shims, etched masks and miniature springs, etched step lids for hybrid packages, rigid-flex and flex circuits, RFID, RF microwave antenna geometry patterns and assemblies, miniature CNC machined forming dies and formed contacts, micro contacts, micro bumps, encoder disks, encoder strips, including large format encoder strips, PCB thermal layers, planes, frames, heat sinks, fences, stiffeners, separators, carriers, and a number of other customers’ widgets for various applications.
E-FAB manufactures for various industries including: aerospace, communications, computer, defense, electronic, hybrid circuits, flex, rigid-flex circuits, interconnect, laser, dental, medical instrumentation, military, ordinance, optical, antennas, power semiconductor, semiconductors, RFID, RF microwave antenna, military, tactical, weapons systems, solar, fuel cells, and other high tech OEMs.
E-FAB engineering is highly involved in developing new technologies with our customers.
Contact E-FAB today for precision engineering, manufacturing, and machining help for you. Find out how using the E-FAB PCM process, we can build it better, faster, and more precisely than a typical CNC machine shop.
E-FAB can get started immediately with your engineering and prototype designs. A note to all design engineers; all major credit cards are accepted.
Imagine the fabrication possibilities with using E-FAB PCM processes.
We have the staff in place to provide great customer support and help in your projects engineering, design, and production phases. We will gladly take the time to evaluate your needs. Contact E-FAB today. We offer prompt delivery, superior quality, prototypes, and development projects are welcome.
E-FAB Inc. 1075 Richard Ave., Santa Clara, California. 800.600.3322.
No photochemical machining or photo etching job is too small or too large.
E-FAB micro CNC and PCM work for detailed thin metal parts. Some etched parts manufacturing work is done in the .001 inch tolerance range.