Acid Etching Images into Metal
Much of the promise of rapid prototyping and fabrication techniques is the ability to transform an idea from concept to a high fidelity 3D copy, which can then be produced in mass.
While you can achieve a lot of control in image software, I was still new to learning digital tools and felt more control with sketching directly from hand to paper. I was interested in replicating hand-made sketches using methods like metal etching and laser-cutting, partially because there's something inherently cool about seeing an organic image become a replicable signal.
Below are examples of my foray into acid-etching a sketch into metal with muriatic acid. There is also a side example of a sketch being laser-cut into wood.
Step 5: The acid etches away at any of the exposed metal that is not covered by the blue photoresist material.