Manufacturer of Thin Metal Parts to Customer Design

What is Chemical Etching?
The Process – Photochemical machining or etching is a manufacturing process to produce close tolerance precision metal parts. It combines computer aided design (CAD), photography, chemistry and metallurgy to provide customers with a precise and cost effective method of producing thin metal parts quickly while avoiding hard tooling costs.

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Dimensions & Tolerances

+/-10% of metal thickness

Metal thickness range 0.0003” to 0.064”

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About Us
Photo chemical etching specialists since 1969. One of the leading manufacturers of thin metal parts. United Western Enterprises strives to provide customers with thin metal parts and graphics film which meet the customer’s design expectations, delivery schedule and satisfaction. This is accomplished by people of high integrity through effective customer service and continual process improvement at a price that will ensure the customer the best value available.

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Value Added
  • • Anodizing
  • • Black Oxide
  • • In-house forming
  • • Heat treatment
  • • Laser welding
  • • Painting
  • • Plating

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Customer Testimonials
"I have found UWE to be customer oriented and proactive in the handling of our orders. This is one vendor I don't need to check up on."
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Latest News

UWE Visits Moorpark College for Chemical Etching Presentation
- April 2017

On March 22nd 2017, United Western Enterprises' Vice President Mike Lynch visited the Lab for Material Engineering at Moorpark College. » Read More

UWE Gains Boeing DPD Procedure Requirement Approval
- January 2017

United Western Enterprises is proud to announce our approval status on meeting Boeing's Digitial Product Definition (DPD) and Coordinate Measurement Systems (CMS) Plotter standard requirements. » Read More

United Western Enterprises Announces AS 9100C Certification
- July 2015

United Western Enterprises is proud to announce the achievement of AS 9100C Certification.

AS 9100C is the internationally recognized Quality Management System standard for the aviation, space and defense industries. » Read More