Case Study - TiME for Etching Titanium

Project Summary

Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE), the Midlandsbased photo chemical etching specialist has developed new safer chemistry that will take the etching of Titanium to new levels of quality and precision.

The Challenge

Titanium is renowned for its strength and lightweight properties but it is difficult to etch due to the fact that it rapidly forms a protective oxidised coating when exposed to air; a coating that is exceptionally hard to dissolve. Traditionally, Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) has been used as the preferred etchant because of its ability to remove this oxide layer but it is a highly toxic material and one to be avoided if possible.

The Solution

Working closely with Wolverhampton University in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), ACE developed a new process chemistry that it claims is both safer to use and offers superior results called TiME (Titanium Molecular Etching). The process is said to be faster and more controllable than the traditional process while offering outstanding precision with sharp, well-defined features and crisp edges.

Benefits of the TiME process

New Levels of Quality Achievable, New Tighter Tolerance Standards, High Aspect Ratios, Flexible Process, Compliant Process, Safe Process.

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