Cars and trucks have long been symbols of personal freedom. From behind the wheel, drivers can take control of their destiny. With the open road before them, consumers are pushing for better efficiency, functionality, and comfort without breaking the bank.

Take your automotive application to new performance levels with help from E-Fab. Our area of expertise is photochemical machining, which produces complex metal components with greater speed, precision, and purity than a traditional tool- or laser-driven manufacturing methods.

Benefits Of Photochemical Machining

Photochemical machining uses acid etchant chemistry to make detailed, highly accurate metal components. Also called metal etching or photo etching, it doesn’t utilize mechanical force or heat. As a result, chemical and physical properties are unaltered and surfaces are free from stresses and burrs. Other advantages include:

  • Any metal can be etched
  • Complex shapes are welcome
  • Fast turnaround time
  • Affordable design
  • Hard tooling isn’t required
  • No metal shavings

Whether you need a one-off prototype for validation and testing or thousands of parts for full-scale production, photochemical machining can help automakers bring vehicles to market faster. It uses digital tooling, which means manufacturing is carried out quickly. Since component features are machined simultaneously, there are virtually zero complexity limitations.

Trusted Automotive Photochemical Machining Solutions Provider

E-Fab is an ISO 9001:2015-certified, which is a must-have when manufacturing parts for automakers and their supply chain partners. We leverage innovative equipment, skilled personnel, and a stringent quality system to turnaround orders on time and within budget.

Our automotive photo etching process lines can produce parts with tight tolerances from metal sheets of many sizes. We have the following capabilities:

  • Minimum sheet size of 2” x 2”
  • Maximum sheet size of 18” x 24”
  • On special circumstances, sheet sizes of 48”x 6” are possible
  • Finished part thicknesses as small as 0.5 mils or 0.0005

While our area of expertise is photochemical machining, we do a lot more than that. E-Fab offers a variety of supplementary services designed to streamline your supply chain.

  • Forming
  • Plating
  • Dielectric Coating
  • Heat Pressure Bonding
  • CNC Drilling (high-frequency substrates only)
  • CNC Routing (high-frequency substrates only)

With many capabilities under one roof, E-Fab can take your design from raw material to finished product seamlessly. That frees you to focus on the core areas of your business. If you have an idea but no print, we can support you throughout the product realization process with prototyping.

Superior Materials For Critical Automotive Components

Advanced materials are essential for boosting automobile performance, longevity, and safety. At E-Fab, we manufacture vehicle parts from a wide array of metal alloys.

When you’re uncertain which material is best, E-Fab has you covered. With extensive materials knowledge, our veteran engineering team can work with you to select the optimum metal alloy for your application.

Types Of Etched Parts For Automotive Industry Use

A single car is built from tens of thousands of parts. With decades of experience serving the automobile industry, E-Fab can manufacture components that will fit, form, and function as intended. Here are some examples:

  • Busbars
  • Stiffeners
  • Flex Circuits
  • Electronic Connectors
  • Valve Filtration Components
  • Fuel Cell Screens, Frames, and End Caps
  • Flat Springs
  • Electrical Contacts
  • Spacers, Washers, and Shims
  • Fuel Injector Filtration Components
  • Encoder Disks
  • Heat Exchanger Plates
  • Logo Tags
  • Speaker Grills
  • Small Decorative Panels

Let’s Keep the Wheels Turning Together

For a reliable turnaround of automotive parts, turn to the photochemical machining experts at E-Fab. With unmatched capabilities and a quality-first mindset, we deliver compliant components on time, every time.

Quality control staff use precise examination and inspection equipment to confirm every product exceeds applicable industry standards or customer specifications. All orders are audited for accuracy before shipment.

Contact us for more information about our electronic vehicle photo etching services. Our team is happy to discuss your needs in greater detail.