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PHOTO ETCHING

Photo etching gallery
Photo etching gallery
Photo etching gallery
Photo etching gallery

– We can replicate your artwork in sheet brass or nickel silver

 

– The etching can go all the way through or half way on either side

 

– Half etching can be coloured black efficiently by our laser

 

– For further details/quote contact Iain 020-7264-1295 or artwork@modelshop.co.uk

 

– Department open 9am - 6pm Monday - Friday

 

 

THE PROCESS

4D modelshop photo etching service

 

IN-FILLING SERVICE — TRADITIONAL

Infilling is an additional service offered by our Acid Etching Department. Infilling is where we colour any half etched areas with ink. This is often required with name plates. Traditionally infilling has been done has been by hand using pen and ink.

 

IN-FILLING SERVICE — LASER IN-FILLING

4D modelshop photo etching service

We have developed a quicker, more cost effective way of in-filling.

Using a special coating that is applied to the metal surface, our laser can selectively burn the coat into the half etched areas, leaving a matte black finish on the metallic base.

As well infilling half etched areas, we can also accurately transfer artwork onto the surface of any metal surface.

The process leaves the artwork “printed” onto the metal in high visibility matte black.

ARTWORK PREPARATION

4D modelshop photo etching service

BLACK = metal
WHITE = through etch
RED = half etch into front of metal
CYAN = half etch into back of metal (text reversed)
Red (front etch) and cyan (back etch) must not touch or cross over each other.

 

We can accept hard copy artwork which is also subject to a conversion charge, the value of which will be confirmed when we quote for the work.

Email your artwork stating your desired completion date. We will reply to you to confirm if this is possible

ACCEPTABLE FILE FORMATS

Please Provide:

Wherever possible:

 

If you do not wish to prepare your artwork, we do offer an artwork preparation service at a cost of £48.00/hour.

E-mailed artwork will incur a cost of £16.00 for downloading & preparation.

Please include a 100mm reference line next to the artwork, a line in various formats can be downloaded here:

Photo etching service

download 100mm .dwg file
download 100mm .cdr file
download 100mm .dxf file
download 100mm .ai file

 

METAL & THICKNESS OPTIONS

We can etch in brass and nickel in the range of thicknesses below. A maximum etching area of 295 x 495mm is possible, although we recommended an A3/A4 size for speed and economy.

BRASS

6,8,10,12,15,18,28 and 36 thou (0.125mm - 0.9mm)

NICKEL SILVER

10 and 18 thou (0.25mm - 0.45mm)

Finer detailing can be achieved with thinner thicknesses of metal. The chart below shows the minimum line width and minimum gaps between those lines that can be etched with the range of metal thicknesses:

 

THICKNESS

 

 

HALF ETCH DEPTH

 

 

MIN. LINE WIDTH

 

 

MIN. GAP WIDTH

 

6 thou (0.15mm)

3 thou (0.08mm)

7 thou (0.18mm)

8 thou (0.20mm)

8 thou (0.20mm)

4 thou (0.10mm)

10 thou (0.25mm)

11 thou (0.28mm)

10 thou (0.25mm)

5 thou (0.13mm)

12 thou (0.30mm)

14 thou (0.35mm)

12 thou (0.30mm)

6 thou (0.15mm)

14 thou (0.36mm)

17 thou (0.42mm)

15 thou (0.38mm)

7 thou (0.19mm)

18 thou (0.45mm)

21 thou (0.53mm)

18 thou (0.45mm)

9 thou (0.23mm)

22 thou (0.55mm)

25 thou (0.64mm)

28 thou (0.70mm)

14 thou (0.36mm)

34 thou (0.85mm)

39 thou (0.98mm)

36 thou (0.90mm)

18 thou (0.45mm)

43 thou (1.08mm)

50 thou (1.26mm)

E.g. For 10 thou brass the minimum line width is 12 thou (0.30mm) and the minimum spacing between those lines is 14 thou (0.35mm).

 

PRICE GUIDE

Please note you will be charged for the Phototool (one off charge) + the metal sheet charge.

ARTWORK PREPARATION

Artwork set up (20 mins)

£16.00

Computer drawn artwork p/hr

£48.00

Hand drawn artwork p/hr

£48.00

A5 phototool (filmwork)

£32.00

A4 phototool (filmwork)

£48.00

A3 phototool (filmwork)

£72.00

Standing film charge

£16.00

Outsize filmwork

£118.00

Additional exposures

£8.00

 

BRASS ETCHED SHEETS

 

A5

A4

A3

5 - 10 thou brass

£17.65

£33.50

£63.50

12 thou brass

£19.50

£37.00

£70.00

15 thou brass

£21.90

£41.50

£79.00

18 thou brass

£22.05

£47.50

£91.50

28 thou brass

£31.10

£59.00

£115.00

36 thou brass

£35.05

£66.50

£129.50

NICKEL SILVER ETCHED SHEETS

10 thou nickel silver

£21.90

£41.50

£79.00

18 thou nickel silver

£34.00

£64.50

£125.00

 

All prices are ex VAT.

Please note you will be charged for the Phototool (one off charge) + the metal sheet charge.

It is advised that final artwork should be attempted only after discussion with us first.

METAL SURFACE QUALITY

The metal used for etching is delivered to us pre-coated ready to receive the image from your artwork. This means we cannot see the surface of the metal. The surface of the metal may differ from sheet to sheet (this is particularly the case with nickel silver) and so the surface of the finished work may not be consistent, even with different sheets produced at the same time. The differences occur during the manufacture of the metal and this is not a fault.The main variations which occur are the reflective quality and marks created by the brushes used during the metal manufacture.

We can do work again - this is chargeable - although, unfortunately, the result may be the same because we can't see the surface until the work is finished.

Scratches and gouges are not acceptable surface variations and you will not receive work affected by these. Please call us if you would like to discuss this potential issue.

For quotation for total cost of the etching please email, fax or post us a sketch of your proposed etchings giving quantities, sizes, material, thickness and any other information that is relevant.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Our guide to etching (1.567Mb PDF)

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t: 020 7264 1295

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