By using an acid the contour of the object is etched out from the metal plate.
The formetching with an acid in the duplex spray coat method is a flexible and economical alternative, primarily to the fine blanking of thin sheet. But also in the manufacturing of small and zero series, the etching method is for numerous applications the most economical way of production.
By using an acid, at the Weidling GmbH it is ferric chloride (FeCl3), the contour of the object is etched out from the metal plate in multiple cuts. First, the material is coated from both sides with a UV-sensitive film. The material is then put into the lithographically manufactured film pocket and subsequently exposed on both sides. Once the two intermediate steps are completed, consisting in the removal of unexposed parts with a diluted base as well as the touch-up, the prepared multiple cuts are etched in the spray coat machine, working simultanously from both sides. After the removal of the etch-restistant layer, the etching process is completed with the quality check.
Clear advantages of the etching method are the low tool costs and the short processing time. But also the great precision (tolerances) and the possibility to reduce the material thickness partially (half-etching) are unique features of etching. During the etching process, material properties are not influenced. Due to the special construction of the etching machinery at the Weidling GmbH, a connection of the form parts is not necessary, if no further galvanic processing follows. The delivery of plane parts is carried out absolutely free from burs, oils and grease, in an air- and shock-proof packaging.
Materials used here are primarily copper alloys and high-grade steel. The main focus in the industrial production lies on a material thickness of 0.05 to 0.5 mm. The standardised processing breadth of coil and plates is at 300 mm. The processing format is dependent on the material and is cut or trimmed according to the order.
The range of application of the etching method covers all sectors of industry. Particularly in medical technology, electronics and telecommunication, model building as well as the automobile industry and sign manufacturing, the demand for solutions requiring the etching method is high. Typical form etched parts, taking the respective material properties into consideration are shielding plates, EMC-box, springs, panes, leadframes, contactors, gaskets, grids, lids and frames.