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Photo Etching of Exotic Metals Including Pure Titanium

June 8, 2009

PHOTOFABRICATION ENGINEERING, INC. (PEI), Milford, MA (June 8, 2009) introduced several years ago the etching of pure titanium to create anodes and cathodes for the domestic and international fuel cell market. Since then, using the experience gathered over the years, PEI has become the leading expert in etching titanium and other exotic materials for a broad variety of applications. Our unique capabilities allow us to etch these metals to multi depths (without the resist failures common to this etching process), and to etch depths of 0.050 in. (1.27 mm) from one side.

How do we do it? Our etching machines were developed specifically to meet the demanding requirements of exotic metal etching. They are 30 in. (762 mm) wide, and all of them are two- or four-chambered for high production quantities. The internal parts of these etching machines are constructed of special alloys (proprietary to PEI) so that they are unaffected by our patented copper-based etchant.

PEI manufactures precision photo etched parts of pure titanium and titanium alloys for the medical, nuclear, automotive, and microwave/aerospace industries, among others. The unique ability to etch pure titanium for medical implantables brings PEI to the forefront of photo etching technology. The process can also be used for any other application that requires intricate, burr-free and stress-free, non-corrosive metal parts. And because all processes are performed in-house, we offer quick turnaround at competitive prices. . PEI’s manufacturing process complies with or exceeds most customer and military standards, as well as ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 RevB and MIL-I-45208.

Whatever exotic metal your application demands, and regardless of how stringent the quality and quantity requirements, PEI can meet your needs. Contact our Sales Office for more details at

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