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Photoetch help neede

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:07 pm
by trek3159
Does anyone do,or know someone who does, custom phototch requests? I am working on a ship that would greatly benefit from a little pe love.

Re: Photoetch help neede

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:12 am
by kobayashimaru
it depends on the project etc.
1) what thickness/height of the PE parts do you envisage?
2) do you want acid-etch relief stuff too?
2)b are you looking for 'hologram-lenticular etching on your P.E. ?"/ scintilated patination for use as hologram/micro-stanhope?
3) what detail is needed/ how do you feel about ablation etc?
3b) where you're etching onto embossed foil etc, how do you feel about ablation potentials? :lol:
Lazer-etching laminated stuff and architectural decals can get fun too.

Depending on your answers to those -
there are potentially many options near you.
3DMakeHubs, <--- above and beyond the more awesome option.
your local "community mates shed", and or once-off runs etc.
I get most of my 'average' grade PE from 3DMakeHubs and locals, I supply the materials to be cut.
It's usually thinned tin from fudge-trays or that hi-brass stuff "brass amalgam". (Range brass has a use after all!)
and, CNC'd vinyl, or lazer-etched APEC-5 :lol:

Of course, the options become trickier if you're wanting microPCB/flexi-PCB rap-fab etc :lol:
for that kinda 'durable prototype homemade PCB" end,
you need more like the Xerox rap-fab machine.

Re: Photoetch help neede

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:40 pm
by trekriffic
You could try Paul at Paragrafix:

Not sure what he'd charge for custom PE but no harm in asking. His stuff is top notch; I've used his PE on quite a few of my builds.

Re: Photoetch help neede

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:04 pm
by patrickivan