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Masteretch Machines have been used in the Printed Circuit Board and Engraving industries for 21 years. The establishment of our own etching test facility has enabled us to continually develop our machines and provide potential customers with working demonstrations. On many occasions equipment has been custom built to suit a particular application. The machines are now in use around the world and recent installations include Dubai, Lebanon, USA, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Mauritius, Bel and South Africa.
With many Companies able to produce first class artwork on computers, acid etching has become a very simple way of reproducing that artwork on brass, stainless steel, bronze or aluminium. There are several ways to go about acid etching and we talk to customers first to help them decide on the best method for their production requirements. We will also recommend the most suitable of our
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Screen Printing Method

If companies already have this "in house" then start up costs for etching will only entail the purchase of an etching machine. This is probably the most popular method for that reason. The plates are screen printed with an acid resistant ink. A reverse image is printed so that all the parts of the plate that are not to be etched are protected. The plate is then etched ( See etching ).
After etching the resist is stripped off and the plate is ready to infill.*

Note! It is possible to leave the ink on to act as a mask for infilling but this requires both a particular type of ink and also a particular type of infill paint.

*Stripping solution depends on type of ink used .
Acid resist screen inks are widely available around the world from normal screen ink suppliers but we can also supply if required.
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Computer Cut Vinyls

Companies with signmaking equipment can make a vinyl mask, again to mask off the parts of the plate that are not to be etched. Vinyl is a very good etch resist and
Press-n-Peel

This is primarily a PCB protyping system. It is a very fast and convenient way of getting the resist onto the laminate. It can used used with either a computer with laser printer or with a photocopier. If you want to know more about this method then follow the link below.
allows production of a wide variety of etched signs. This method is limited to the capability of the system and is unable to produce very fine line work or small letters. (See etching).
Dry Film Photo-Resist

This particular method is able to produce truly stunning results yet the process is simplicity itself and extremely fast
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As we said you can produce truly stunning results very quickly and efficiently with this method
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