Titanium Etching

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When a dentist is considering a dental implant for a patient, the first choice they have is one that has been molded and etched from titanium. This strong and durable metal has found a home in the medical industry as a means of producing pacemakers, cranial mesh, and surgical instruments, as well as dental implants. Read More…

Titanium Etching When a dentist is considering a dental implant for a patient, the first choice they have is one that has been molded and etched from titanium. This strong and durable metal has found a home in the medical industry as a means of producing pacemakers, cranial mesh, and surgical instruments, as well as dental implants.

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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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Though titanium is commonly found in clay, rocks, sand, and soil, the process of extracting it is complex and complicated. The two minerals that contain titanium are ilmenite and rutile. When ilmenite and rutile are processed, they produce titanium tetrachloride from which pure titanium is produced.

Like aluminum, titanium is corrosion resistant, strong, durable, and light weight with a density that is half that of iron, 4.5g/m3, and twice that of aluminum. Its low electrical and thermal conductivity as well as its paramagnetic (weakly attracted to magnets) qualities make it ideal for several applications and uses.

Etched titanium can be either positive or negative depending on how the photoresistant coating is developed. The two most common methods for titanium etching are chemical, using hydrofluoric acid (HF), or electrolytic, using an electrolyte. Hydrofluoric acid is used the most by the majority of producers since it is a quick and efficient method for etching.

Chemical etching of titanium is referred to as photochemical etching. The process involves coating a sheet of titanium with a photo sensitive polymer that has a pattern developed on it using ultraviolent light. The parts of the pattern that are not developed or coated with the polymer are removed leaving the pattern in a positive or negative form.

Titanium sheets of 25 micrometers (µm) to 1.0 mm are normally used for titanium etching though some manufacturers use thicker sheets. As the material gets thicker, the etching process takes longer.

The medical industry makes extensive use of titanium etching for components due to the biocompatibility (ability to positively interact with the body) of the material. Though titanium found its first use in dentistry, it has become the metal of choice for prosthetics and inner body devices. What engineers have discovered is that titanium is flexible and adaptable for multiple applications and processes.

Though the titanium etching process may seem involved, in reality, it is cost effective since it can be easily switch from one product to another without retooling. Once a component is titanium etched, it does not require any further processing. Since etching is not a mechanical process, there is no need for deburring or flattening of the final product.