Unlike screens created using traditional stamping processes, screens manufactured using photo etching or photo chemical milling technology, photo-etching, yield a burr-free product, resulting in cleaner more efficient screens and greater material integrity.
Photo Etching Provides Tight Tolerances
Photo etched screens hold tighter tolerance hole sizes and greater dimensional stability than woven wire mesh. The fixed photo etched openings will not change through use like woven wire mesh screens. Photo etching gives engineers and designers the flexibility to specify conical holes, which aid in liquid filtration. Generally, photo chemical etching of metal meshes, grids, screens, and filters provide better value and performance than woven or punched product.
Uses for Photo Etched Screens and Filters
Photo etched screens and filters are commonly used in hydraulic valve screens, fuel filters, laser light filters, extruding screens, medical equipment, particle separation and sizing. While Stainless Steel is usually specified, for tight tolerance screens other materials are available.
What Materials Can Be Used for Photo Etching Metal Meshes?
Metal meshes can be photo etched in a wide variety of alloys including steel, nickel, copper, brass, aluminum and more. Holes can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes at no additional cost in tooling.
Photo chemical etched meshes, grids, filters and screens can be used in many types of industrial, decorative and architectural applications.