Titanium Etching

Accurate, Rapid and Cost Effective Chemical Etching

Chemically Etched Titanium Parts

Titanium etching often requires the use of acid etchants, which are able to cut through the oxidized coating that forms when the raw metal is exposed to air. Titanium is renowned for its light weight, corrosion resistance and strength, and is often used in the fabrication of: eye glasses, antennas, satellite components, jet engines, and more. Fotofab is a leading supplier of component parts made from titanium etching.

Fotofab, a leader in the chemical etching industry, offers photo etched titanium that is precise, economical and produced quickly. Our precision etched metal parts are manufactured in both prototype and production quantities.

Fotofab works with metals ranging from .0001" to .062" (2.5 microns to 1.6mm) thick. Minimum etched features can vary but generally follow these guidelines:

  • Minimum hole feature is 120% of metal thickness
  • Minimum bar width is 90% of metal thickness
  • Dimensional accuracy increases as metal thickness decreases
  • Minimum hole feature is 120% of metal thickness

The benefits of titanium etching

Intricate designs are easily manufactured in titanium with chemical etching. Thin metal parts can be manufactured without distortion. Our chemical etching process is ideal for titanium, or any metal, and will not stress the metal or alter its physical properties. Components produced from Fotofab’s titanium etching process are essentially burr-free and stress-free.

Tooling costs associated with titanium chemical etching

A new part can be tooled up within a couple of hours and parts can be manufactured same day. Artwork, or photo tool, is one of the first steps needed to chemically etch your titanium parts.

The photo tool, which usually costs under $300, involves setting up the necessary artwork used to mask off certain areas of the metal allowing the features of your metal part to be precisely etched. For more information on photo tools and the Fotofab process check out the etching page of our website.

Typical applications

Medical, aerospace and defense industries have the most applications with titanium.

Photo etch applications range from medical device parts needing biocompatibility characteristics to aircraft applications that need an ally that has superior strength and is also light weight. No matter how big or small the application is, industry leading companies rely on Fotofab for quality metal parts.

Advantages to Fotofab

Fotofab is a leading manufacturer of precision metal parts and screens, and has been for over 40 years. We have some the fastest lead-times in the industry, with standard parts only taking one week to produce from blueprinting to shipping. We can also provide premium delivery services with 3-day and same day turnarounds. Fotofab takes pride in offering superior customer service in addition to our high quality metal parts. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

Contact us to receive a free design guide and titanium sample.

Fotofab Technical Sales:
phone 773.463.6211
fax 773.463.3387

Submit your RFQ online and place quantity requirements and questions in our online form. Our technical sales staff will contact you with any questions.