HELPFUL MARKING TIPS SERIES: Electro-Chemical Etching of Titanium

Electro-Chemical Etching of Titanium

“When chemically etching information on Titanium, less is often more…”

For the best Electro-Chemical Etch results on Titanium, use Millennium Signatures Electrolyte Formulation
X4R-416 at a Medium to High Power Setting in the DC Output Mode on most Power Units. A good Deep Etch Power Unit is ideal for optimal results. Getting a high contrast light surface mark on Titanium can be challenging, if your specs will accommodate, it’s actually easier to get a very sharp crisp marking by etching down a couple thousandths of an inch (0.002”) or 0.051mm which is easily achieved with a few very quick, light applications of the hand marker as not to generate too much heat. 
Give the surface a very quick light scuff with a Scotch Brito abrasive type pad and you should have a beautiful, razor sharp, high contrast etch which is often easily mistaken for a laser quality marking.

Remember:
Remember to keep your Monopad very damp with the X4R-416 Electrolyte Formulation, but not dripping all over your part and workstation. Too much heat can be the enemy when marking most metals, this is especially true when marking Titanium.
Use Standard Neutralizer or our Extra Strength X4R-900 Neutralizer to thoroughly clean the areas that came in contact with the electrolyte. 
Results may vary slightly when using different grades of Titanium, but these tips typically serve well on all Titanium Etching Applications. A good ground connection in close proximity to the area you’re marking is always important.

For more information on the best Electro-Chemical Etching Equipment, Accessories and Supplies for a given application, be sure to check our other HELPFUL MARKING TIPS SERIES Blogs and posts on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn as well as at our Website: www.millenniumsignatures.com
Contact our Part Marking Specialists at (905) 639-0909 or by e-mail at info@millenniumsignatures.com

This Helpful Marking Tip was brought to you by Jeff Guenther of Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc.

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Millennium Signatures Marking Systems Inc. is your complete source for everything Electro-Chemical Etching as well as many other Marking Technologies. We have a range of High-Quality Production Grade Power Units, designed to suit applications from very light duty (periodic use) such as Custom Knife Making applications to Heavy Duty Deep Etch applications for Aerospace and Nuclear industry requirements. Millennium Signatures (Formerly Chem-Etch & Stamp of Canada Ltd.) has been in the business for 50 years and has Electrolytes that meet all the major Aerospace Manufacturer Specifications. 
You can count on Millennium Signatures to have Stencil Paper Products, Monopads, Electrolytes and Neutralizers in stock. We also make Custom Non-Conductive /Non-Scratch Grounding Fixtures, custom Carbon Heads, Marking Kits and more… We also manufacture Long Life Fabric Stencils and have an in-house artwork department that can assist you with any graphic requirements you have and help you to get your custom product processed and out the door within just a couple of days. No matter what your requirement may be, if you’re looking to use the Electro-Chemical Etch Process to identify your parts or even for Grid Marking Applications as seen in the metal forming industry, Millennium Signatures will have the expertise and products you need.
Contact one of our Part Marking Specialists today for more information by calling our main inquiry line at (905) 639-0909 or by e-mail at info@millenniumsignatures.com
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