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AEROSPACE ENGINEERING,
DEFENCE & SPACE

Flying High with Aerospace & Defence
Quality, speed, precision and innovation are four of the key drivers that make Advanced Chemical Etching (ACE) an instrumental partner to the Aerospace Engineering and Defence sectors.
Lean manufacturing principles adopted in other sectors are now being embedded by the company in attracting and subsequently delivering a range of custom-made components for many different aircraft platforms.

Major Industry Partners

Our growing reputation has seen us work collaboratively with many major aerospace firms, with an emphasis on helping them develop emerging technologies.
Chemical etching is ideal for aerospace parts as it produces stress, burr and distortion-free components from design prototypes to full serial production.

Opportunities for Growth

An increasing move to miniaturisation of parts, alternative material usage and greater supply chain management all represent significant opportunities for growth in the coming years.

Chemical Etching Is The Perfect Process For Aerospace Engineering

  • Perfect Parts

    Chemical etching is ideal for aerospace parts as it produces stress-, burr- and distortion-free components from design prototypes to full serial production.

  • Precision Tolerances

    We produce complex shaped heater elements from copper and nickel alloys to tight tolerances in sizes up to 1500mm x 600mm.

  • No Cost Increase

    Unlike other processes, we etch complex channel designs simultaneously, meaning costs do not increase with profile complexity.

  • Etching of Micro Channels

    The chemical etching process can etch intricate and complex micro channels/features for heat exchanger shims/plates so that it maximises thermal efficiency and laminar flow. The channels are extremely accurate for both depth and channel width requirements.

  • Parts for stacking

    Aerospace parts that require subsequent stacking, brazing or diffusion bonding use photo etched shims/plate, as the process produces flat plates with etched micro channels and the profiles are burr-free.

  • X-ray Analysis

    We generally use the XRF (X-ray fluorescence) to validate and certify our process chemistries to give consistent etching and full process control.

Aerospace Grade Metals

  • Steel All grades and hardness
  • Stainless steel All grades and hardness
  • Aluminium alloys
  • Copper alloys
  • Nickel
  • Nickel alloys
  • Titanium alloys

Types of etched components supplied

Heat exchanger plates
Ice protection heater elements
Precision shims & gaskets
Intake grilles
Meshes & filters
Contacts/ terminals
Control gear components
Laminations
Interior lighting components
RFI shielding
Diaphragm springs
Busbars for power components

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