Wet Etching Invar


Invar is a unique alloy known for its low coefficient of thermal expansion, making it particularly useful in applications where dimensional stability under varying temperatures is crucial. Its composition, typically consisting of iron and nickel, gives Invar a distinct advantage in industries such as precision instrumentation, aerospace, and electronics. Wet etching is a precise process employed to selectively remove material from the surface of Invar, allowing for the creation of intricate patterns and designs.

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Invar Characteristics:

Invar possesses several key characteristics that make it highly suitable for specific applications:

  1. Low Thermal Expansion: One of the primary characteristics of Invar is its low coefficient of thermal expansion, which minimizes dimensional changes with temperature variations.
  2. High Dimensional Stability: Invar’s low thermal expansion makes it an ideal choice for precision instruments and tools that require high dimensional stability over a wide temperature range.
  3. Good Mechanical Properties: Invar maintains good mechanical strength and toughness, contributing to its durability and reliability in various applications.

Metal Etching Invar:

Metal etching of Invar involves selectively removing material from its surface, typically for the purpose of creating intricate patterns or features. The choice of etchant is crucial for achieving optimal results:

  1. Nitric Acid (HNO3) Solution: Nitric acid is commonly used for etching Invar due to its effectiveness in dissolving the iron content in the alloy. The process is often carried out at room temperature.
  2. Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) and Ferric Chloride (FeCl3) Mixture: This mixture can be employed for controlled etching of Invar, providing precise pattern transfer. The concentration of HCl and FeCl3 can be adjusted to achieve the desired etch rate.

Invar Etching Equipment:

Wet Chemical S650 Invar Etching Machine

Wet Processing Equipment – Invar etching machine

The etching machine is used to spray chemical solution to a copper-clad laminator, aluminum substrate, or stainless steel plate, the exposed copper, aluminum, and stainless steel are etched away, retaining the pattern or circuit covered by the corrosion-proof film, so as to achieve the purpose of making pattern or circuit.

This etching machine is an all-in-one small Invar etching machine that is easy to install and can be used immediately after powering on.

Utilizing proper equipment is essential for achieving accurate and consistent results in the wet etching process. This includes:

  1. Chemical Tanks: Acid-resistant containers for holding the etching solution.
  2. Temperature Control Systems: Maintain a stable temperature during the etching process to ensure uniform results.
  3. Safety Equipment: Proper protective gear, such as gloves and goggles, should be worn to ensure safety during the handling of etchants.

Photo Etching Invar:

Photo etching is a precise process that allows for the creation of intricate designs on the surface of Invar. The process involves using a photoresist material to transfer a pattern onto the material, followed by selective etching.

  1. Photomasks: High-quality photomasks made of materials resistant to the etching solution are crucial for precise pattern transfer.
  2. UV Exposure Systems: Ensure controlled exposure to UV light during the photoresist process to achieve accurate and detailed patterns.

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Invar Etching Process Guidelines:

Below are general guidelines for wet etching Invar using common etchants:

MetalEtchantTemperature (°C)Concentration (%)Estimated Etch Depth (microns)Etch Quality
InvarNitric Acid (HNO3)Room temperature10-15% HNO31-10High-quality (smooth)
InvarHCl and FeCl3 MixtureRoom temperatureVariable5-20Moderate-quality (etched)
Invar Etching Process Guidelines

Values provided are approximate and may vary based on specific etching conditions. Always conduct test etches and adjust parameters as needed for desired results. Safety precautions should be followed when handling chemicals.

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