Titanium is a light, but hard and strong, lustrous metal. It has excellent corrosion resistance and the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metal. Despite being a hard and durable metal, titanium is also very flexible and workable. This makes it one of the most extensively used and important metals for modern applications. It is because of its popularity that we have become one of the leading titanium etching service providers.

As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, E-Fab combines innovative processes, cutting-edge technologies, and highly-skilled engineers to provide custom part and design solutions and rapid precision prototyping. To complement our machining, photochemical titanium etching, and fabrication services, we also perform a variety of secondary operations, such as plating, dielectric coating, and heat pressure bonding.

Types of Titanium

There are a variety of titanium grades depending on the necessary design requirements and applications. Each titanium grade lends itself well to different manufacturing processes.

  • Commercially Pure (CP) GRADE 1 is the softest and highest ductility grade of titanium. It has excellent welding properties and high-impact toughness, with good cold-forming characteristics and exceptional corrosion resistance. Common applications include automotive, marine, power generation, architecture, chemical processing, and more.
  • CP GRADE 2 has moderate strength and excellent corrosion and oxidation resistance. It provides exceptional welding properties and cold-forming properties. Common applications include aerospace, chemical processing, architecture, marine, medical, and power generation.
  • CP GRADE 3 is stronger than Grades 1 and 2; however, it is less formable and workable. It provides moderate strength while retaining its high corrosion resistance property. It is commonly used in applications where moderate strength and high formability are needed, such as aerospace, industrial, automotive, medical, and more.
  • CP GRADE 4 is stronger than Grades 2 and 3, but it has lower ductility than both grades. It is also formable and workable with excellent corrosion resistance. It is commonly used in applications where high strength is required, such as aerospace, industrial, and medical.
  • GRADE 6A-3 offers medium strength and can be used at higher temperatures than Grades 1­–4. It has good cold rolling properties and exceptional corrosion resistance. Common applications include aerospace, industrial, automotive, consumer, recreational, transportation, and medical.

Benefits of Working with Titanium

The following are some of the many benefits of working with titanium:

  • Strong. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal.
  • Light. It is stronger than steel; however, it weighs 40% less. Reduces the load imposed on moving parts of machines and provides significant weight reduction for portable parts.
  • Corrosion and Oxidation Resistance. Exceptional resistance to oxidation and corrosion makes it suitable for applications exposed to the elements and harsh environments.
  • High-temperature tolerance. Titanium retains its strength and form at very high temperatures that prevent the use of standard materials.
  • Exceptional resistance to wear and tear, including scratching, bending, and cracking.
  • Less thermal expansion. Does not expand and contract nearly as much as other commonly used metals. Titanium provides exceptional structural stability.
  • Non-Ferromagnetic. Because it is not magnetic and does not interfere with magnetic resonance imaging, titanium is a highly desirable metal for medical applications.
  • Formability and Machinability. Easy to form and machine into precision parts and tight tolerances. Its cold working capabilities and malleability make it highly machinable and desirable for creating complex components.
  • Unlike other metals, titanium can remain in constant contact with living tissues without adversely affecting it. Also, medical titanium implants can physically bond with natural bones.

Industries and Applications

At E-Fab, we machine and fabricate titanium into a variety of parts and products for many industries and applications. We specialize in precision prototyping and custom part and design solutions that meet tight tolerance requirements. We also offer numerous in-house capabilities, including dielectric coating, chemical etching, and pressure bonding.

  • Aerospace
  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Consumer
  • Chemical Processing
  • Electronics
  • Marine
  • Medical and Biomedical
  • Recreational and Sporting Goods
  • Power Generation or Energy
  • Transportation

Contact E-Fab today to Learn More About Our Metal Etching Capabilities

At E-Fab, we serve our customers with high-quality precision titanium etching and machining capabilities. As to titanium etching, we’re limited to 12×12 inches up to 0.015″ thick in some cases 0.025″ thick. The tolerances are ± 10% of material thickness but not less than ±0.001. From the aerospace sector to the medical sector, we provide precision thin metal parts and superior services.

In our ISO 9001:2015 certified facility, we offer the following range of metal etching and manufacturing services:

  • Design support and engineering
  • Deburring
  • Etching
  • Micromachining
  • Photochemical Machining (PCM)
  • Finishing, including black oxide coating and tin plating

For more information on our Titanium products and services, contact us today.