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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Unveiling the Process: How Photo Etching Transforms Metal Manufacturing

Photo etching—a.k.a. chemical etching or photochemical machining—is a subtractive metal fabrication process that uses controlled chemical reactions to remove metal selectively. This method has transformed the way industries approach the manufacture of complex, thin metal…

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Innovating with Metal in Renewable Energy: UWE Is Shaping the Future

The surge in demand for renewable energy solutions has put a spotlight on the critical role of metal fabrication in the development of sustainable technologies. Metal fabrication, a cornerstone of industrial manufacturing, has evolved significantly…

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Why Industries Prefer Photo Chemical Etching for Thin Metal Parts

In industries where technological advancements are continually reshaping manufacturing methods, the importance of precision, efficiency, and versatility in the production of thin metal parts has never been greater. Across a broad spectrum of industries, from…

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