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Design Guide Notes & How to Order

Chemical Etching Design Guidelines

Brochures

Mastercut Technologies Brochure - Shim, labels, signs, plaques, solder paste stencils, precision parts, services Mastercut Gobo Catalogue ZelFlex Protect & ZelFlex Z4P Brochure DEK VectorGuard Brochure
Mastercut Technologies Brochure Stock Gobo Range Catalogue Zelflex Framing System Brochure DEK VectorGuard Brochure

Forms

Account Application Form and Terms & Conditions
Solder Paste Stencil Order Form - you can edit and save this form for future orders by opening it with Adobe Reader or a similar PDF viewer

Terminology

Micro-tabs & Tabbed  
Twisting & Twisted
 
Required to retain the part in the parent sheet during the etching process. The size of the tab depends on the material thickness, generally not less than 1.5 times of the material thickness. We have several tab designs and options to minimise any effect on the part. Small parts are often still "tabbed" into the parent sheet to reduce the risk of damage to parts. This allows for "twisting" out by the customer.
Micro Tabs used to Hold in Pieces during the Chemical Etching Process
The motion required to break out the part from the parent sheet. Twisting causes the micro-tab to snap off.
Twist Pieces to Spererate them from their Parent Sheet

Surface Laser Marked vs Deep Acid Etching
Etched & Paint Filled
 
Surface laser marking involves surface etching highly detailed text, logos or images onto stainless steel or aluminium.

Deep Acid etching involves a process which removes layers of stainless steel, copper or brass to leave text, logos or images either proud of the surface or etched into it.

Learn more about the differences between
Surface Laser Marking and Deep Acid Etching
Paint filling is a process which can be performed after deep acid etching. It involves filling an etched area with paint to make the text or images more prominent.

There are a variety of colours available to suit your needs.

This photo shows a sign that has been only deep acid etched, next to a sign that was etched and then paint filled with black.
Deep Acid Etched and Deep Acid Etched & Paint Filled Stainless Steel Signs

Stainless Steel Finishes

2B Stainless Steel Shim Finish Numbber 4 Stainless Steel Shim Finish Mirror Finish Stainless Steel Shim
2B Finish Number 4 Finish Mirror Finish
Stainless steel is available in a variety of finishes. Please contact us to find out if your desired finish is available in the thicknesses you require.