Etching

  • David Allen
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35950-7_6482-3

Synonyms

Definition

In terms of a production engineering process (Allen 2004), etching is better defined as a material removal process by accelerated, controlled corrosion, comprising a heterogeneous chemical reaction in which a liquid (or, more rarely, a gas) reacts with a solid material and oxidizes it to produce a soluble (or volatile gaseous) reaction product.

Theory and Application

Etching as a Process Employed in Manufacturing and Production Technology

The “art” of etching (Chamberlain 1972) was developed into a production process for the graphic arts, printing, and die-making industries, utilizing chemical etching and photoresist imaging to produce printing plates and dies by...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.(Formerly) Materials DepartmentCranfield UniversityBedfordshireUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ludger Overmeyer
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  1. 1.Institut für Transport- und AutomatisierungstechnikGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität HannoverGarbsenDeutschland