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Conard Corporation has specialized in precision photoetching services for fifty years, working with a wide range of metals and assisting hundreds of companies in utilizing photochemical machining. We provide engineering and design support; rapid turn around of prototypes; and engage in special development projects to help customers solve complex problems using our advanced metal etching process. 

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Photochemical machining is used to produce metal components for many types of aerospace applications from airframe stiffeners and heat sinks to satellite batteries.

There’s not much left that doesn’t have a semiconductor chip of some sort in it. Getting that chip connected to the outside world is another modern marvel and one that is often best served by photoetching the metal contact device.

Photo etching is an effective solution for producing precision parts that are used in sensing, detecting and measuring applications. These types of components interact mechanically with “the outside world” and electrically with the system or device to which they “report”.

Photo etching finds a wide variety of applications in medical devices and systems. Although implantable devices, such as stents, are etched in titanium, etched stainless steel alloys are used extensively in external products.

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With 50 years of experience, we are leaders in precision metal manufacturing through photochemical machining in a wide variety of metal alloys. With turnkey services to meet demanding customer requirements, we provide engineering and design support with rapid turn around of prototypes. We also engage in special development projects for customers with complex needs. 

A: The minimum hole size needs to be, preferably, 120% of the metal thickness and the minimum ligature between holes is not less than the metal thickness and never less than .005 inches.

A: Our equipment can process screens up to 24” x 60”

A: .001 inches in most alloys and up to .080 inches in aluminum.

A: For common alloys (stainless, copper, brass, aluminum) between .010 and .020 thick, you can expect costs between .20 and .30 per square inch, assuming 120% minimum hole size.

A: For screens up to 24” x 24”, generally, $285.00

A: No. Everything is made to customer specifications.

A: No. The holes can be virtually any shape and they don’t have to be the same shape. Any collection of shapes can be made. The caveat is that the minimum radius is equal to the material thickness and the 120% rule applies to the narrowest area of an opening.

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Conard Corporation has specialized in precision photoetching services for fifty years, working with a wide range of metals and assisting hundreds of companies in utilizing photochemical machining. We provide engineering and design support; rapid turn around of prototypes; and engage in special development projects to help customers solve complex problems using our advanced metal etching process. As one of the oldest photo etching service companies in the industry, we have the experience and expertise to develop effective solutions for customers’ needs. Conard is a member of the PhotoChemical Machining Institute, the industry trade association.

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One of the main problems with photo etching is that it is not a well-known manufacturing process. Because of this, OEMs often overlook this versatile, precise fabrication method when looking for a value-added supplier. They simply don't know enough about the photo etching process, making them hesitant to entrust part of their operation to it.

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