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What is the PCMI library?

The PCMI produces a number of publications each year, that are designed to help manufacturers of PCM deliver greater benefit to their customers and the businesses they represent.

Available to purchase

Electronic copies of journal archives and general PCM related information are all available to members and non members to purchase, at a minimal cost via the library.

Free publications for members

As part of the PCMI membership, members receive technical journals for FREE. Simply use the coupon code given to you when you checkout. If you have misplaced this code, please contact Catherine Flaherty by phone: (508) 385-0085 or email:

The publications

The publications cover a broad range of subjects from process information and latest equipment technology through to market applications of the PCM process. If you have any questions about your order or the products we offer in our store, be sure to contact us.

Professor David Allen’s Photochemical Machining and Photoelectroforming is available for purchase!

This second PCM-focused book, written by Professor David Allen, incorporates all aspects of modern PCM technology and includes a chapter on photoelectroforming (PEF). This book also covers phototool production, automation, process control and environmental compliance issues relevant to today’s industry.

The 237-page book is printed in full color on glossy paper and perfectly soft-bounded in a laminated cover for durability.

There are a limited number of books for sale through PCMI and can be purchased here. Once purchased and processed, the book will be mailed to the address provided.

testimonial0“Dr. Allen’s book is a well-worn and often used reference at Watlow Electric.  With a wide range of topics and information, I highly recommend this book to etchers of all experience.”
Steven  Burns, Process Engineer
Watlow Electric

“Professor Allen’s book is the definitive work on all aspects of photochemical machining and electroforming. I have been in the industry for over 35 years and frequently refer to this book for references and assistance with complex issues. His depth of knowledge and experience is essential to anybody working in the field.”
Dr. Peter Jefferies
Heatric, Division of Meggitt

Publications Search

Publications Search

Spring 1993 The LIGA Process, A Fabrication Method for Three-Dimensional Mechanical Microstructures Dr. Walter Bacher, Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe

Fall 1996 The Lithography and Etch Process in the Microelectronics Industry Hana Bir, Intel Electronics

September 2001 The PCM Roadmap and An Analysis of PCM Markets Professor David Allen, School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, Cranfield University

Winter 1995 The Potential of Oxygen for Regeneration of Spent Ferric Chloride Etchant Solutions David M. Allen and L.T. Ler, Cranfield University

Spring 1996 The Practical and Economic Parameters Involved in the Manufacture of PCM Parts Dr. David Allen, Cranfield University

The Role of Research & Development in Photo Chemical Machinery January 1982 David Allen, Cranfield Institute of Technology

Fall 1989 The Selection of an Appropriate Method to Manufacture Thin Sheet Metal Parts Based on Technical and Financial Considerations D.M. Allen, P.J. Gillbanks and A.J. Palmer, Cranfield Institute of…

September 2000 The Stencil

Fall 1995 The Technology of Photoresist Stripping Rudy Sedlak, RD Chemical Company

Dec 2008 The Un-Comfort Zone Robert Wilson, Jump Start Your Meeting

The Use and Application of Photo Resist in PCM; Panel Discussion Winter 1985 J. Kenworthy, Precision Art Coordinators (Moderator)

Spring 1996 Theoretical Study to Achieve Optimum Artwork Design for the Internal Lead Tip of a 208 QFP Leadframe Yasu Ueda and M. Ohmurra, Hirai Seimitsu Corporation

March 2006 Thoughts on Undercut Don Ball, Process Engineer, Chemcut Corporation, State College, PA, USA

Mar 2008 Toying With Business

Winter 1989 Treatment of Wasted Ferric Chloride and Its Rinse Water in PCM Industries in Japan Masaaki Kajiwara and Yasuhiro Ueda, Hirai Seimitsu Corporation

June 2009 Trends in Process Control and Automation Strategies in the Photochemical Machining Industry David West

September 2005 Ultra High Precision Etching: What If Your Customer Wants a 10 Times Smaller Tolerance Today? The Electronics Manufacturing Industry and its designers, our customers, have taken another step…

Summer 1997 Ultra-High Intensity Imaging Photochemical milling has advanced quickly in the past three decades. Early machines useful in the photomechanical phase of the process used low intensity light sources…

Understanding the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act April 1981 Toxic waste is a topic that we are all too familiar with. It is one of thooe ugly problems that we…

Summer 1992 Uniformity of Etching The etching requirements for lead frames have continuously increased in the past few years with the advent of the fine pitch surface mount devices such…

Spring 1993 Update on Environmental Regulations for Photochemical Machining Government regulations affecting PCMI members continue to increase. The increase is not so much from the enactment of new legislation but…

Update on the Second Phase of the Round Robin Test Program Spring 1984 Carl Whinery, Northwest Chemical Milling, Inc

March 2000 Visiting Photochemical Machining The photochemical machining or chemical milling industry is worth studying since it has advanced teclmologics which it shares with PWB filbrieation. This "niche technology," as…

Winter 1992 Waste Minimization in the Etching Process With the increasing costs and liabilities associated with waste generation, it has become a necessity for industry to look more closely at…

Winter 1989 Waste Water Management and Treatment Today As the representative ofGuetling for the Dutch speaking part of this world, I have been given the honor to address this meeting.…

July 1981 Water Conservation - why and how The following guidelines were developed by Mr. James K. Rogers. Digital Equipment Corporation and are provided for information to manufacturers using tbe…

Spring 1993 Water Pollution Control Water Pollution Control is becoming increasingly more important within the United Kingdom. This paper was designed to give the local authority's point of view as…

Spring/Summer 1995 Zero-Defect Phototools A THOUGHT: The product never gets better than the phototool. The best you can hope for is a product as good as or worse than the…