Beryllium Copper Etching

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One of the wonders of the modern age is the huge number of electronic devices we have that make life simpler and efficient. With the touch of a finger, we can instantly get a weather report, sports scores, or talk to a friend. Electronic and radio waves fill the air, everywhere we go. Behind all of that electrical energy are protective shields that keep our individual devices from being contaminated with unwarranted signals. Read Moreā€¦

Beryllium Copper Etching Beryllium copper has very low electronic and thermal conductivity and is paramagnetic, has a weak attraction to magnets, is non-sparking, and corrosion resistant. These excellent qualities make it perfect for electronic components and automotive instruments.

Leading Manufacturers

Maple Grove, MN  |  763-425-4755

Great Lakes Engineering is a trend setting manufacturer of surface mount stencils, precision laser cut parts, and photo chemical etched parts. We work with a wide range of materials, including Stainless Steel, Copper, Titanium, Nitinol, Nickel, Kovar and many others.

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Great Lakes Engineering, Inc. $$$

El Monte, CA  |  626-443-7121

VACCO is the industry leader of Photo Chemical Etching of metal & polyimide components and devices. We specialize in Stainless steel, Titanium, and Copper, but work with a variety of different materials. We have over 60 years of experience in Chem Etching, and we offer Micro Laser Cutting & Welding, and Diffusion & Adhesive Bonding services along with an extensive range of value-added services. Whether your application is large or small, VACCO can assist you from prototype to production.

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VACCO Industries, Inc. $$$

Elkhart, IN  |  574-293-3342

The Micro Etch Technologies process offers many technical & financial advantages in manufacturing various flat metal components. Try this precision etching, non-mechanical process for competitively priced, burr & stress free sheet metal products, up to 62 mil (.062") thick. Our photo-chemical machining process is also known as photo-fabrication, photo etching, chemical milling & acid etching.

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Micro Etch Technologies $$$

South El Monte, CA  |  626-442-7436

We specialize in the unique, advantageous photo chemical machining process. For prototypes, short & volume runs, acid etching is used to create precision thin metal parts from virtually any metal. This chemical etching process lowers cost and is stress & burr free. Decorative panels to formed parts.

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Vaga Industries $$$

Utica, NY  |  800-775-3824

International Marking Group is an experienced manufacturer of high quality metal etching components. With electromarking as one of our core competencies, we have been particularly successful satisfying the exact needs of our customers. Call us to discuss your etching needs and take a look at our website for a complete look at all our services!

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International Marking Group $$$
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The protective armor that keeps our equipment safe is provided by metals that deflect electromagnetic inference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (EFI). The most common metal used for those purposes is beryllium copper, which can be etched into shields to fit multiple electronic applications and devices.

Beryllium copper has very low electronic and thermal conductivity and is paramagnetic, has a weak attraction to magnets, is non-sparking, and corrosion resistant. These excellent qualities make it perfect for electronic components and automotive instruments.

As with all photochemical etching, beryllium copper etching can be negative or positive and involves the use of thin sheets of beryllium copper. The pattern for a component is created using engineering software and is super imposed on the surface of a sheet of the metal. During the process, the uncoated material is removed leaving the completed negative or positive piece.

The repeatability and cost-effectiveness of beryllium copper etching has made it the perfect choice for producing simple or complex parts with exceptional tolerances. Final parts are immediately ready for delivery since they do not require any after production finishing or processing.

The age hardening or precipitation heat treating of beryllium copper makes it exceptionally strong and resilient. The heat treatment process involves keeping the metal at a specific temperature for extended periods of time until the dendrites precipitate, which are placed back into the alloy to increase the strength of the final product.

Cost effectiveness is built into the beryllium copper etching process. Tooling, which is normally very expensive, takes a fraction of the time and cost. Each part is etched to perfection free of mechanical deformities such as burrs or other imperfections. Since the metal is not heat-treated during processing, it retains its original tensile strength and properties. Any design, regardless of its complexity or intricacy, can easily be manufactured using the etching process.