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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