If you have a unique design, specific threading layout, or a long line of text, you need etched onto a part or product, you’re looking for a clear, photo finish on every job. Both laser cutting and chemical etching can create what you need, but each process is best suited for a different type of part. If you’re not sure how you want to get your parts manufactured, consider the following questions:

  1. Is the part complex? If you have a lot of text that needs to go on a part or you have an intricate design in mind, chemical etching can quickly and accurately get your design in place. Chemical etching starts on all the parts of the design at once so both minimalist and complex designs can be etched into your product?
  2. Is the material fragile or sensitive to heat? Both laser cutting and chemical etching can give you accurate and clear-cut designs, but laser cutting involves applying heat to your base materials. If your materials might be subject to thermal stress, use chemical etching instead to protect the product.
  3. Is the part thick or thin? Chemical etching starts at the top layer of your part and etches through it. If you have a thick part that needs a deep-cut design, laser cutting might be a better choice. But if you’re looking for a thin etching or you’re working with thin materials, chemical etching is the right fit.

If chemical etching doesn’t seem like the right fit for your product, then laser cutting might be the answer. No matter which process sounds the best for your parts, contact Detroit Name Plate Etching and we can give you an estimate and get started on your etching today.