Reduce Manufacturing Costs with Photo Etching

Eliminate Deburring Costs: How Photo Etching Reduces Production Costs

July 6, 2016

Part 1 of 3

Many manufacturing processes create burrs that must be removed in order for the part to meet its specifications. While the cost for deburring seems minimal at first sight, it adds up quickly. In this post, we'll explore how photo etching eliminates costly deburring fees and helps you optimize your precision parts production.

How Much Does Deburring Cost?

In most cases, deburring costs you only cents per part—but those cents add up quickly. After a few hundred thousand parts, you're suddenly out thousands of dollars.

And then there are more complex parts: they can cost you closer to .50 cents each to deburr. Imagine your deburring costs on those parts when you do a large production run.

Deburring Also Costs You Time

Deburring requires an additional step in the manufacturing process, which is guaranteed to add time. The time lost deburring your part is contingent on several variables, including production size and the part itself, but additional time will cost you no matter how long. 

How Does Photo Etching Eliminate Deburring Costs?

The answer is simple: photo etching doesn't create burrs.

Tools like drills physically remove the material by force, leaving burrs behind. Photo etching, on the other hand, strategically erodes your design into the material, leaving no rough edges or raised burrs for you to clean up.

In short, photo etching helps you eliminate the costly and timely deburring process from your production, saving you time and production costs.

Conclusion

Unlike traditional methods like drilling and stamping, photo etching doesn't use a hard tool to remove material by force; instead, it dissolves the material to leave a clean, burr-free edge.

Since photo etching doesn't produce burrs, it saves you time and reduces your production costs by effectively eliminating the deburring stage of your production process.

Other Posts in the Series:

Part 2: Reduce Your Tooling Fees with Photochemical Etching
Part 3: Get More Complex Designs at No Extra Cost with Photo Etching

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