(Reprinted by the PCMI from IRON AGE. May 21, 1982.)
Photochemical machining has long stood in the wings, while more conventional metal cutting disciplines have enjoyed center stage. Recently, however, photochemical machining has made its move toward the spotlight. The industry’s biggest obstacle to greater notoriety continues to be an inability to toot its own horn loud enough. When engineers think sheet metal fabrication, they consider stamping almost exclusively, even though the parts could be made cheaper and better with photochemical machining.