Photo Etch Technology
We are one of a limited few stencil services offering all manufacturing processes in house.
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Photo Etch offers a line of nickel-based, electroform stencils. Electroform stencils can be used for sub 20 mil pitch, 0402 or smaller components, micro BGA, wafer bumping, or extremely propulated boards. Nickel stencils offer unsurpassed durability and paste release. Electroform stencils are manufactured by Photo Etch in the USA.
ETCH TECHNOLOGY offers superior quality laser cut stencils
for many applications. We have multiple laser cutters
providing the fastest speed and accuracy available anywhere.
Laser cut stencils are usually utilized for applying
paste to boards containing fine pitch components. The
precision of a laser cut stencil helps eliminate bridging,
improve paste release and improve consistency across
the stencil. (
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Chem-etched and Multi Level Stencils
ETCH TECHNOLOGY has multiple etching lines and 100%
in-house capabilities to produce top-quality stainless
steel stencils. We build both solderpaste and epoxy
stencils, and many special application stencils. Input
options include Gerber or AutoCAD files, film, and even
the actual circuit board.
We have complete CAM capabilities to create files and
made any modifications you may require. Our years of
experience ensure that your stencils will exceed performance
All etch factors are done by our staff. All standard
tooling is included in your stencil pricing. We stock
all frame sizes and will produce foils to meet any special
- Stainless steel is 300 series and ranges from 2 mil
to 25 mil thick.
- Aperture opening tolerance is +/- 0.001 inch on fine
- All stencils are Electro-polished at no additional
- We use polyester mesh with optional blockout to mount
foil to frame
- Our epoxy will withstand any known standard cleaning
- We re-mount competitors' stencils for a nominal charge
· Strict inspection procedures occur throughout the
- Final inspection utilizes Acu-Gage inspection stations.
- A copy of the inspection report and a Certificate
of Compliance is shipped with all stencils.
Etch helps facilitate paste release on fine pitch applications.
A trapezoidal aperture is larger on the board/contact
side and smaller on the squeegee side of the stencil.
This procedure is provided at no extra charge on laser
cut stencils. Film and Board Scanning services are available
should electronic data not be available. This option
will allows you to produce a stencil in the absence
of data and will assure that stencil matches the board.
We can also scan to generate data for circuit artwork.
Centroid Data can be generated from your supplied Gerber
data or film. This is a fantastic alternative to spending
a day programming your pick-and-place machine by hand.
We can supply center points and part rotation for all
components and change the origin.
Complete data can then be sent back to you via modem,
e-mail or ftp. Additional CAM capabilities are available
for more complex requirements. (
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Etch Technology produces both decorative and engineered
precision chemically milled parts in a variety of materials.
We have complete CAM capabilities to produce artwork
for photo chemical milling applications. Customer input
ranges from AutoCad files to rough sketches. Our years
of experience and state-of-the-art engineering tools
allow us to create precision photo tools to control
all phases of the manufacturing process.
- Materials include copper, phosphorous bronze, brass,
beryllium copper, stainless steel, and many others.
- Temper includes annealed, half hard and spring temper.
thickness includes: 2 through 10, 12, 15, 16, 20,
21, and 25 mil
- A variety of finishes are available, including gold,
silver, tin, nickel, passivation and others.
- We offer both prototype and production quanities -
including scheduled shipments.
can be delivered in panels or individual pieces. (
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TOOL ENGINEERING/ PHOTO ETCH TECHNOLOGY has years of
film scanning experience. We have multiple high-resolution
scanners and CAM stations to enhance your tooling needs.
Hand-taped artwork converted to electronic data One-up
artwork scanned to produce panelized data Generation
of soldermask or solderpaste data Creation of NC and/or
route data Centroid data for pick-and-place machines
Reverse engineering of existing circuit boards
Silver and diazo film, paper, and existing circuit boards
Gerber data, .DXF files, NC drill files, Centroid data,
or laser plots (
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TOOL ENGINEERING/ PHOTO ETCH TECHNOLOGY has been a leading
supplier of top-quality artwork and CAM services to
the circuit board industry since 1987. Our reputation
for providing superior service, quality and value continues
to grow throughout the circuit board, metal etch and
microwave industries. With multiple laser plotters,
CAM stations and film scanning stations, we can quickly
complete your tooling needs, and we provide the industry's
- 1/4, 1/5 and 1/8 mil resolution
- Film sizes as large as 36 x 38 inches
- No premium charges for quick turn
- Gerber RS274-X and RS274-D input
- .DXF Gerber conversions · Silkscreen clips
- Design Rule Check
- Teardropping pads
- Unused pad removal
- Draw to flash conversion
- AutoCAD Gerber conversions
and Solderpaste generation
Drill/ route creation
12 X 18 | 16 X 20 | 20 X 24 | 22 X 28 | 24 X 30 | 24
X 36 | 34 X 36 | 36 X 38 |
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