The technology – PCM benefits
Photo Chemical Machining (PCM) delivers:
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.
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.
Company logos, part numbers or other identifying marks can easily be etched into the surface during manufacture at no extra cost.