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What is Stainless Steel Etching?
Advanced Chemical Etching is a market leader in precision stainless steel etching, chemically etching millions of components each month using a wide variety of different grades, such as the austenitic (300 series) and martensitic (400 series) steels.
Importantly, as the temper or hardness of the material doesn't affect our chemical etching process, we are able to etch delicately soft stainless steel in the annealed condition or very hard grades. ACE can etch stainless steel in thickness ranges of 0.005mm to 2.0mm.

Corrosion Resistant

Stainless steel is a preferred metal due to its corrosion resistance properties and for the different versatile grades that are available.


Due to its versatility, stainless steel is used in a wide variety of products in many industry sectors.


Benefits Of The Etching Process

  • Go-To Process

    Low set-up costs and fast lead times make etching a go-to process in batch sizes of one to multiple millions

  • Low-Cost Tooling

    The tooling for etching stainless steel is digital, low-cost and can be modified quickly

  • Right First Time

    No heat or force is used when processing stainless steel, so the mechanical properties of the metal remain unaltered and parts are free from stresses and burrs

  • Any complexity

    Component features are etched at the same time so part/feature complexity is not an issue

Metal Grades For Stainless Steel Etching

  • Austenitic 300 series
  • Ferritic/martensitic 400 series
  • Precipitation hardened (17-4, 17-7)
  • Sandvik Chromflex (7C27Mo2, 13C26, 12C27, 6C27), Hiflex
  • Uddeholm strip flapper valve steel (20C, 716)
  • Electrical Steel Transil, Scotsil (uncoated)
  • High carbon steels (all grades and hardness)
  • Carbon (mild) steels (all grades and hardness)

Types of etched components supplied

Safety-critical springs and flexures
ABS braking shims
Fuel injection nozzles
Flapper Valves
Complex micro-filters
Speaker grilles
Tread plates

Examples of Components That are Etched from Stainless Steel

  • Heat exchanger shims
  • Metal enclosures and facia panels with etched detail
  • Multi-stage profiled cutting blades for the medical industry
  • Springs
  • Shims and washers for aerospace applications
  • Diaphragm springs for fuel management systems in the automotive sector


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