Printed Circuit Board

Printed Circuit Board PCB Fabrication Using Chemical Etching

Products / Process Run on Our PCB Etching Machines

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2 mil core inter-layers

Flexible reel-to-reel Kapton

250 mil multi-layers

Rigid FR4

Fine Line PCB Etching

2 mil line and space at production volumes

Thin Material Transport for PCB 

2 mil material can be transported no problem

1 mil Kapton transportation is currently in development and very close to production-readypcb or semiconductor etching and developing

Etch Tests / Proving Capabilities 

Samples can be tested in Chemcut’s R&D lab to prove our etcher can process your parts before purchasing a machine. Other wet processing tests are available upon request.

Chemcut’s R&D lab is open to be rented for research. Chemcut can perform any wet processing step needed.

Popular Wet Processing Equipment for PCB

Develop – Etch – Strip Line

Strip – Etch – Strip Line (outer layers)

Cupric Chloride Etch Line

Ferric Chloride Etch Line

Mechanical Deburr

Mechanical Scrubber

Chemcut PCB Etching Machines for Fabrication of PCB

Chemcut has been a leader in the PCB etching process since 1957.

We have used the concept of continuous improvement to ensure our etchers and other wet processing machines are of the top quality throughout our history.

With that said we are on the continuous improvement path to outdo ourselves once again!

To keep up with the PCB board industry we are developing a thin transportation system that will pass 1 mil Kapton through our etcher and rinse stations without fail. No leader required.

Along with thin material transport, Chemcut has improved our etch uniformity continuously. If you were to buy a Chemcut etcher you would be able to etch 2 mil line and space with no issue.

If you desire to etch a line and space smaller than 2 mils you will need to use thinner copper. The thinner the copper you etch the smaller the etched line and space can be.

Need better uniformity still?

Chemcut has you covered with its patented Intermittent Spray and Etch Adjust Module.

The Intermittent Spray eliminates the puddling effect by giving extra etch to the middle of the panel. This will flatten out the etch uniformity front to back.

Etch Adjust Module is for those small hot spots you sometimes have side to side. This is a popular option for plated boards for the thickness can vary from side to side.

On top of our thin material transport and etch uniformity and accuracy Chemcut pulls away from the pack with our extra engineering options.

Would you prefer to control the spray pressure of every spray tube or zone (depends on setup) instead of the options above?

Then check out our NEW XLi High-Resolution etcher! This NEW module allows you to control the spray pressure of every spray tube/zone using your PLC.

We have designed our new XLi High-Resolution etcher to have 5 zones top and bottom where you can control the pressure of each spray tube/zone. This etcher will allow you to even your etch side to side for PCB fabrication and will allow you to etch one side more than the other without getting in the etch chamber to make adjustments.

Learn more about our NEW XLi High-Resolution Etcher

One of the most popular money saving options is our Regeneration system. Chemcut’s regeneration system on average triples the life of ferric chloride etchers.

As for cupric chloride, Chemcut’s regeneration system makes the chemistry last forever! The regeneration system will automatically add hydrochloric acid and sodium chlorate as you etch more copper.

Chemcut also offers a chlorine gas regeneration system.

Other popular options for the PCB etching process includes:

Acid Controller – popular for cupric chloride etchant

Drip Pan – easy to clean up dips and spills because the pan catches all chemistry around the etcher


Chiller Cooling System

Inline Filtration – results in fewer clogged nozzles and fewer particles in solution

Ion Exchange – for the rinse stations. Saves water. Ability to “close loop” rinse water if needed.

ORP Controller – a popular option for Cupric, and Ferric etchers and comes with a regeneration system

pH Controller – is a popular option for the Alkaline etching process and standard on developing and resist stripping

Specific Gravity Controller (IX) with Visual Baume – never let your etchant Baume get too high or low again

Ventilation Demister – aids in condensation and recovery of evaporated process chemistry vapor

The options do not stop there. Chemcut wet processing machines are modular. That allows you to configure your machine in any order you want.

Please proceed to our products to find all the different conveyor widths you can pick from.

Why choose Chemcut to build your etcher for the etching of PCB?

Chemcut’s process engineers have over 100 years of combined etching experience.PCB etcher

Whether you are etching rigid or flexible materials, Chemcut will find a way to make your etching process a flying success. We are willing to customize our PCB etchers to your every need.

Contact us today so we can discuss your PCB etching/engraving project to determine what etching chemicals will best optimize your etching line.

Once we determine the best etching chemistry, we will start our lab testing phase. For the testing phase, we will need you to supply us with a panel that is laminated, exposed, and developed.

What if you are just starting a printed circuit board shop and cannot do this yourself?

No problem.

Chemcut has the ability to clean, laminate, expose, develop, etch, and strip, in-house! All you will need to supply is the artwork, lamination, and the metal that needs to be etched.

Chemcut can test unusual chemistries (organic solvents for example) for material compatibility prior to system build to verify the process will work, and that materials selected for construction are durable and robust.

Chemcut will prove our etchers can attain your goals and we will help you optimize all your wet processing steps.

In the end, the optimization really comes down to you testing your new etching equipment and finding what best works for you, but we will be here the whole time to help you through every step.

 Ultimately the main reasons our customers love working with us are:

Chemcut has been a leader in the PCB manufacturing process since 1957. 

We are here to serve you. Our pre and post-sales support is second to none and prides itself on our customer’s success. Our expert service team will ship parts overnight if needed. Most parts are shipped within 24 hours of purchase. Where our competitors will have you waiting weeks if not months for parts.

Etching Performance. Our etchers provide companies with the most uniform and accurate etched surface on the market today.

Durability. Our wet processing machines are built to last using USA sourced material that is the best in the world. We have hundreds if not thousands of etchers, developers, and strippers that are well over 30 years old still providing high quality etched components.

Vertically Integrated. We make over 90% of our parts so we do not rely on anyone else to make parts for us. This gives us the ability to make parts in order to support installed systems that are over 30 years old. We never have to worry about a supplier discontinuing a part and if a part is not in stock, we can start building it immediately.

Completely customized wet processing machines. You can buy a standard etcher, or you can customize every single detail.

Research and Developing Lab Testing. Our research and development lab will prove to you that our machines can etch the components you want and can help you optimize your etching process.

Scale Up. Consultation with Chemcut design and process engineers will help you scale up from prototype design to full-scale continuous production.