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Photo Etched Precision Metal Parts

At United Western Enterprises, Inc., we offer precision metal parts for a wide range of applications. Our in-house forming department offers cost-effective production processes. Photo etched parts, produced by using advanced photo chemical machining techniques and computer-aided design, are available in several common types, but we’re always prepared to address customer’s custom needs and designs.



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:



RFI and EMI Shielding

RFI Shielding

One- or two-piece shielding, or that with peel-away tops for RFI and EMI applications can be manufactured to precise custom specifications. Brass, tin-plated steel, nickel silver, Mu metal, and stainless steel are used. More details on these can be found on our RFI and EMI shielding page.

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Shims

shims

Filling gaps between parts, shims are produced as flat as possible, whether we process brass, steel, copper, bronze, or aluminum. Each is engineered to be free of burrs or any other deformations. Information on available options and custom designs is featured on our shims page.

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Apertures and Optical Applications

Apertures

Chemical machining is used in the creation of apertures. Chemical etching creates precise openings for optical applications and yields a flat, burr-less part. Learn more about an efficient production process on our comprehensive apertures page.

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Encoder Disks

Encoder Disks

These etched parts can feature slots just slightly wider than the material’s thickness. Encoder disks can, therefore, have tiny openings while retaining the same flatness as before. Learn more about our etching process by visiting our encoder disk page.

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Springs and Contacts

Springs and Contacts

Battery springs and contacts are efficiently made using a proven in-house forming process. Stainless steel, beryllium copper, and phosphor bronze are often used for these metal parts, but nickel can be used as well. Some contacts are gold plated. Learn about the best options by visiting our battery contacts page.

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Fine Screens

Fine Screens

The etching process allows all unwanted materials to be dissolved. Small holes and fine webs can be produced, with tight tolerances between material thickness and web width. Our fine screens page tells more about how openings compare to screen thickness.

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Covers and Lids

Covers and Lids

Covers and lids are among the most precise parts, as they need to ensure a tight fit and remain flat. Chemical etching eliminates any imperfections and does not introduce stress into the material, so step lids fit correctly. Find more details on our covers and Kovar lids page.

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Custom Thin Metal Parts

shims

There's practically no limit to our chemical machining applications. Cost-effective production processes enable UWE to develop precision metal parts to your exact specifications. Visit our custom parts page and speak to our team regarding your application and requirements.

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Custom Parts and Prototyping

United Western Enterprises, Inc., offers cost-effective solutions for clients requiring fast prototypes and custom parts. Able to work within any budget, we employ tooling that’s less expensive than with traditional production methods. Industrial metal photo etching can be used for one-off prototypes to test design ideas, refining the mass production process, and accommodate changes in product designs, features, and functions.

Able to work within tight tolerances, we can produce parts with metal thickness from 0.0005 to 0.08 inches. Photo etched parts can be produced out of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, brass, nickel, silver, and any other commercial metal or alloy.


Benefits of Chemical Etching

  • • Lower Tooling/Production Costs: Tooling can be used repeatedly, and changes to part templates made quickly with little or no cost impact. Chemical etching is precise and accurate—you don’t spend more correcting errors and design inefficiencies.
  • • Reduced Turnaround Time: In many cases, tooling can be created in hours, and orders completed within days. By comparison, tooling for metal stamping can take up to eight weeks to develop. Therefore, precision metal etching drastically cuts production time.
  • • Volume: Many precision metal components can be produced simultaneously on a single sheet. Laser cutting, which cannot accomplish this, is not suited for mass production. With CNC machining or EDM, high-volume production is not cost-effective.
  • • Design Flexibility: Chemical etching allows for a wide range of part complexities. When design changes are needed, your company may spend only a couple hundred dollars at most, without any substantial changes in lead time.
  • • Part Quality: Photo etching does not leave behind the burrs stamping does. Extremely thin, complex parts can be produced in any batch size. Greater part complexity can be accommodated because all areas of a part are etched simultaneously.

Industry Leading Quality and Service

At United Western Enterprises, our mission is to meet customers’ expectations—on budget and on schedule. In business since 1969, we are committed to continual process improvement and customer satisfaction. The value of our services is a top priority. Our experienced management team strives to meet all your requirements while suggesting improvements to maximize part quality and reduce costs.

All our photo etched parts are custom-made, using drawings supplied by our clients. To get started, request a quote today for a fast 82% one-day turnaround time, or call us at (800) 964-6461 for more information.