A Novel Photochemical Machining Process for Magnesium Aerospace and Biomedical Microengineering Applications



D M Allen, M Simpkins and H Almond

  Research was carried out to evaluate the feasibility of fabricating perforated (filigree) magnesium microcomponents with metal wire widths of the order of the metal thickness using a photochemical machining (PCM) process. Experimentally, it has been demonstrated for the first time that metal wire widths of 0.15 mm can be achieved within a 2D, 0.25 mm thick magnesium foil to fabricate microcomponents for use as micro air vehicle (MAV) wings or stents through a bespoke PCM process. This etching process differs significantly from the industrial etching process used currently to manufacture magnesium letterpress printing plates and embossing dies.