Etching process in 3 dimensions
Precision and complexity characterise today’s medical devices, and this is certainly the case when looking at the manufacture of blades for medical applications. The photo tooling used in photo-chemical etching is easy and inexpensive to change, and so engineers have the design freedom to try multiple iterations in order to optimise and innovate ground-breaking geometries.
micrometal's Etching Group developed its photo-chemical etching technology to allow for the exact control of the etching process in 3 dimensions, which facilitates the creation of complex geometries for lancet or scalpel blades in industrial quantities. We also make blades for consumer products such as shavers, where the cutting capacity of the blade is optimised through the use of our photo-chemical etching process. Photo-chemical etching also benefits from producing burr- and stress-free parts, and innovative features can be included while achieving exacting tolerances that cannot be matched by alternative traditional metal fabrication processes.
Advantages at a glance
- Burr- and stress-free parts
- Etch control in 3 dimensions
- Multiple features in one part at no extra cost
- Can be applied to hard to machine metals such as titanium
- Complex geometries
- Design freedom
- Cost-effective tool production/design iterations
- Realization of complex designs (channel structures)
Our standards are industry leading
We operate in a world characterized by the tightest tolerances (hundredths of a millimeter), the finest structures, the thinnest metals, and the most complex geometries. We etch customized metal components to the tightest tolerances in large-scale industrial production volumes.
Our mission is to reach the highest customer satisfaction through excellent quality. In order to guarantee this to our customers, our processes are constantly monitored and further developed through strict quality controls. We are certified according to ISO 9001, IATF 16949, and ISO 14001.