Photo Etching Custom Thin Metal Parts Since 1969

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Our History

What Are We Doing

United Western Enterprises is a supplier of thin photo chemically etched metal parts to a variety of different markets, including aerospace, biomedical and commercial electronics. United Western Enterprises was founded in Santa Monica, California in 1969 as a support facility for a publishing company. Shortly thereafter, United Western Enterprises began producing parts for other companies as a custom job shop…

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Photo Etched Parts We Offer

The precision metal components we produce can accommodate a wide range of applications. From board-level shielding to optical system components, to shims, covers, lids, screens, and other thin parts that require tight tolerances, United Western Enterprises, Inc., has far-ranging capabilities. Our chemical machining processes enable us to produce custom parts based on customers’ own designs. Here is a comprehensive list of items we produce in the dimensions and quantities our clients order:

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Over the years, process improvement and customer service have maximized the value of our photo etched precision metal complements.

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Typical Metals Used in Production

Our photo chemical machining processes can be used with many common metals.

Our Advantages

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What are the Advantages of Photochemical Etching?

Photochemical etching, also known as chemical machining, chemical milling, photo etching, and metal etching is a manufacturing process that fabricates fine metal parts through chemistry and precision photolithography. From the aerospace industry to electronics, and…

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Photochemical Etching / Photochemical Machining

United Western Enterprises has been known as the industry leader in advanced photochemical etching or photochemical machining since 1969 making us one of the most experienced partners for businesses seeking complex custom metal parts. UWE…

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Ways to Know If Photo Etching Is Right for You

Given the wide spectrum of metal fabrication processes available, it's understandable if you aren't certain which of these processes is best for your particular application. A company seeking help in shaping their metal products to…

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