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.

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sheet of super thin beryllium copper photo etched

Why Brands Invest in Photochemical Etching for Mixed Material Products

Photochemical etching is a manufacturing process used by brands that require thin metal parts that require precise measurements and intricate designs. There are several reasons why brands using mixed materials invest in photochemical etching, and…

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Chemical etching and micro stamping

What are the Popular Talking Points Surrounding Photochemical Etching?

When brands are under pressure to design metal components and they are facing multiple constraints, experienced organizations will turn to United Western Enterprises for photochemical etching services. This article is intended to help internal manufacturers…

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Photo etching services on brass, copper and nickel silver

Why Manufacturers Invest in Photo Etching to Make Small Metal Parts

Photo etching, also known as photochemical machining (PCM) and photochemical milling, is a process used to to create thin metal parts using etchants and a photoresist that corrosively machines away designated areas. PCM, emerged as…

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