What is Aluminium Etching?
Unique Aluminium Etching Process
An Optimised Solution
ACE first developed the new process in its R&D laboratory in 2012. This was then followed by extensive pilot-scale trials aimed at optimising the parameters of the new chemical etching solution.
Benefits Of The Aluminium Etching Process
While the conventional, industry-standard process of Aluminium etching suffers from several serious drawbacks that make the process inconsistent and unreliable for large volume production, ACE’s unique process overcomes this problem.
Some of the benefits include:
- Smooth edge profile and smooth surface etch profile
- No surface burrs
- Tight tolerances possible ±10% of material thickness
- Complex geometries at no extra cost
- 1:1 aperture aspect ratio possible
- Thicknesses from 0.07mm to 2.5mm
- Part size up to 1500mm x 600mm
- Fast turnaround
- Serial production capacity
- No heat-affected zones
Etched Aluminium Channels
Etched aluminium components are lightweight and perfect for a range of precision engineering applications. Thanks to aluminium’s lightweight structure, the material is highly suitable for use within heat exchangers, cooling and bipolar plates, vital components in the development of next-generation electric vehicles. Extremely precise channels can be etched in aluminium using ACE’s chemical etching process, which unlike stamping or other manufacturing methods, does not result in burrs or heat stress.