Chemical Etching: Metals and Acids
It is not strange for those in heavy industries to be familiar with different types of metal. For those in the metal industries, it is common to be experts at the different types, their characteristics, benefits and disadvantages. Yet, many who are not involved in this industry might not think that being knowledgeable of chemicals is also vitally important. To many, metal working is melting down metals and reforming them, or else perhaps machining them with various tools. Those not involved in the metal industry are probably wondering, how do the chemists fit into the equation?
If you are involved in metal etching, or are familiar with the process, it is not that much of a mystery. In one form of metal etching, chemical etching, various chemicals are used to melt or burn the desired etches into the material. This is the perfect technique for all sorts of etching applications from jewelry to firearms to plaques. It is also a great way to make small pieces for industries such as electronics that might chip or result in burrs in other metal etching methods.
Chemical acid etching is not a treatment for everyone. However, like many industrial processes, this is one that must be undertaken only by those who are experts in the field in case something could go wrong. Having a complete understanding of metals that will be used, the chemicals available and how they will react together makes the process a simple one and can result in creative, precision metal etching products. However, if this process does not sound right for you, there are always the traditional cutting methods or other methods that can be used. The best way to find out is to talk to a metal etcher to find out the perfect solution to be used in your next project.