Low cost tooling All the tooling is created via CAD in a relatively short time with no long-winded mechanical processes involved. In the unlikely event of the tooling "wearing out" replacement costs are minimal.
Low cost modifications The PCM process allows the designer to carry out practical experiments at a minimum cost. Short runs are possible ensuring that cost effective improvements are easy to implement.
Prototype to production PCM can be used to make one or a million parts, with the same tooling used every time. This allows the engineer or designer to develop their concept from prototype to pilot to full production quickly and easily.
Metal properties unaffected PCM carries the unique advantages of leaving the internal structure of the metal unchanged. Neither does it affect the properties of the metal with regard to hardness, grain structure, or ductility of the metal.
Burr free Some processes leave finished parts with a burr which is detrimental to the functioning of the parts. The PCM process produces burr free components, thus removing the need for costly time-consuming de-burring.
Fast and Flexible From initial tooling to finished parts, the entire photo etching cycle can be completed in 3 to 5 days. Given a normal backlog, typical lead times for new parts are 3-4 weeks. Often, repeat orders can be processed more quickly, especially if the raw material is in stock. Prototype orders may be done in 2 weeks. Additional time is required to accommodate secondary operations such as plating, forming, heat-treating, silk screening, assembly, or the addition of surface components at no extra cost.