Steel chemical etching is ideal for components in environments where fracturing resistance is important.
It is a ferrous alloy metal, composed primarily of Iron, Carbon and other elements added depending on the characteristics desired. Steel is highly durable with a hardness that resists external strain over time.
Alone it is not rust-resistant. Adding other elements such as Molybdenum or Nickel will improve the material’s resistance to rust, otherwise, a finish such as plating is recommended. Fotofab offers a wide range of secondaries to choose from.
The machinability of the metal will vary depending on the makeup of the base material. Fotofab offers etching of Steel (1010, 1008), Electrical/Silicon Steel (M19, M36), and Spring Steel (1050, 1074, 1095).
Fotofab's chemical etching process produces designs that can withstand harsh indoor and outdoor environments. The process uses a strong chemical (Ferric Chloride) to cut into unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design or image formed to your project's specifications.
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Characteristics of Steel:
- Rather inexpensive
- High tensile strength
- Malleable and ductile
- Conductive of heat and electricity
Steel Chemical Etching Applications:
Due to its high tensile strength, Steel is ideal for parts used in applications where resistance to fracturing is important. In instances where a part will have heavy wear from external environments, it may be a material to consider to maintain durability. Steel products etched and fabricated by Fotofab include:
- Electrical or Silicon Steel is a low-Carbon Steel alloy with small quantities of Silicon to produce a specific magnetic property
- The carbon in steel alloys may contribute up to 2.14% of its weight
- Steel is one of the most common man-made materials in the word, with more than 1.6 billion tons produced annually