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Fotofab - Innovative sheet metal component manufacturing

About Fotofab

Fotofab has been making custom metal parts since 1967 and working with leaders in the medical, industrial, aerospace, and defense industries. Using the process of photochemical machining (also known as chemical etching or milling), we are able to achieve lower tooling costs and quicker lead times than traditional manufacturing methods. Metal parts manufactured in the etching process can be turned around in as little as one day with extreme precision.


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ABOUT Fotofab


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Fotofab has been making custom metal parts since 1967 and working with leaders in the medical, industrial, aerospace, and defense industries. Using the process of photochemical machining (also known as chemical etching or milling), we are able to achieve lower tooling costs and quicker lead times than traditional manufacturing methods. Metal parts manufactured in the etching process can be turned around in as little as one day with extreme precision.

Fotofab can fabricate metal parts from sheets of Titanium, Stainless Steel, Copper, Tungsten, Brass, Inconel, and hundreds of other metals. With a minimum order quantity of two sheets each at a maximum of 24 x 36 inches, both prototype and production runs are easy. Depending on your part design (through etch vs. half etch), we can produce parts ranging in thickness from 0.0001 to 0.125 inches.

Along with etching, Fotofab offers many value-added services. Common requests include forming, stamping, diffusion bonding, plating, and heat treating. These services are available to most Fotofab manufactured parts, depending on the feature requirements. We will work hard to deliver your parts complete and ready-to-use.

We strive for quality service throughout and are committed to the highest quality of metal etching services. We are currently ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified, ITAR registered, and RoHS or non-RoHS compliant (available upon request).

We want you to trust us to do what we say and honor what we said. Make Fotofab a part in your plan.

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RF/EMI Shields

Fotofab has manufactured custom EMI shielding and RFI shielding enclosures for over fifty years. RF/EMI shields for attenuating components ranging in operating (and harmonic) frequencies from a few hertz to over 50 GHz. Shields can be flat or formed, solid or with through holes, and can have the classic cube shape or a custom geometry. Fotofab stocks a large assortment of standard shields, available to ship same day. They are bright Tin-plated Brass half hard and 0.015” thick.

Screens & Filters

Fotofab screens can be designed in any shape, percentage open-area, and in a variety of metals. Even brittle metal and thin foils are easier to etch than stamp, or machine in other traditional forms of manufacturing. These screens can be used to filter liquids and/or gases and withstand harsh environments.

Optical Encoders

Fotofab's photochemical etching process is well suited to making a large number of very small holes in sheet metal simultaneously.  It costs the same to produce one hole as it does to fill an entire sheet of metal with holes. We are able to produce rotary and shaft encoders with finer features and holding tighter tolerances than other manufacturing methods.

Precision Formed Parts

Fotofab provides a full range of metal bending and forming services on a rapid delivery basis. We manufacture all our own tooling in-house so that we control quality and lead times. Our system of forming utilizes simple tooling which can be built quickly and inexpensively. Rather than making costly progressive dies, tooling is broken up into multiple stations, with each stage performing an individual operation such as a single bend. These stations can be made in parallel, saving time.

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Fotofab’s New Direct Imaging Machine Optimizes Chemical Etching Process

Chicago, IL, June 29, 2020 —Fotofab, LLC (fotofab.com) has acquired a new CBT (Chime Ball Technologies) (cbtech.com.tw/en) direct imaging (DI) machine from Technica, USA (technica.com) to optimize its chemical etching process and provide a more advanced level of precision and speed for thin metal parts.

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Fotofab - Innovative sheet metal component manufacturing