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Tip of the Month: Photoetched parts cleanup

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Photoetched parts cleanup
I never know how to properly work with photoetched parts – most notably, how to get them off the parts trees. I use a pair of Xuron brand flush-cutters, and try to cut as close to the tree as possible, but I always get a sharp nub on the removed piece.

How do I smooth it after it’s off the tree? I use sandpaper, but the part usually gets bent out of shape, leaving me frustrated.

– Thomas Borowski
via E-mail


Tom, now that you know how to cut parts off the trees (see Dennis’ question) the next step is to remove the pesky little nubs that are left behind.

The best way to trim off the nub is to hold the piece in needle-nose pliers as close to the nub as possible, then file by going with the piece – not across it. In other words, don’t file perpendicular to the piece; file in the direction of how the pliers are holding the piece. That way it won’t bend “sideways” when you’re filing.

As for your file, try using a medium emery board. It’s stiff enough to file, but allows a little bit of flex if the part you’re filing is somewhat irregular. 

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