Case Study - Aluminium Etching Process Now an Efficient Reality

Project Summary

Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE), has developed a new and highly efficient etching chemistry that can improve the quality and dimensional tolerance accuracy of aluminium component manufacture to a new high.

The Challenge

Aluminium and its alloys are increasingly prized in engineering for their lightweight durability that enables energy saving. However, they are generally considered to be difficult, slow and inefficient to etch using conventional chemistry. Consequently many users resort to punching, stamping or laser cutting to produce profiles but this comes at cost... stressing and heat distortion of the metal and the production of burr edges that have to be removed in a seperate process.

The Solution

With the introduction of its ACmE process (Aluminium Compliant molecular Etching) ACE has a proven production route that is not only far quicker but also safer, and more controllable. It produces higher quality components with burr-free crisp edges and higher definition features that could not have been contemplated using the old technology.

This new and exciting ACmE technology has been developed as part of a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) in association with a local University. ACE personnel have worked closely with University experts and the company based KTP Associate post-graduate to design the chemical reaction at a molecular level and subsequently develop the process to optimise its efficiency.

Benefits of the ACmE process

Fast - Efficient - Flexible - Compliant Process, High Aspect Ratios, New Levels of Quality Achievable, New Tighter Tolerance Standards. Economical.

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