T: 01546 602963       E: enquiries@ppdltd.com

 PPD Ltd, Unit 3, Highbank Park, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8NN


Quotes/Payment/Customer Accounts

How do I obtain a quotation?

Email your file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please include the following information:

- Metal type & preferred thickness

- The quantity that you would like to order
- The timescale you are working toward
- Specify if delivery is within the UK or is overseas

Is there a minimum order value?

Our minimum charge is £27.00 + post + vat, which roughly equates to a sheet size of 12" x 4" on 8 thou brass, this figure is correct as at January 2014, please contact us for up to date costs.

Do you offer a student discount/discounts for large orders?

We offer students a 10% discount, we do offer discounts for volume orders - please call for details.

Can I pay using a credit card/paypal?

We accept Visa & Mastercard Debit and credit cards, we also accept payments by paypal, a 4% fee will be charged for paypal transactions.

Can I apply for a customer account?

Customers are welcome to apply for an account, invoices are due within 30 days, please call us on 01546 602 963 for more details.


Artwork Preparation

Does PPD accept hand drawn artwork?

Ideally artwork should be supplied in digital form as this will result in a high quality etched sheet, we can where absolutely necessary use hand drawn artwork, please provide the drawing in black and white scaled as large as possible on A4 paper, unfortunately we cannot guarantee the quality of the final etched parts when artwork is generated by hand.

What file format does PPD accept?

We use the following software to edit our customers drawings: Corel, AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator, if you have used one of these packages then please send in the native format, where an alternative package has been used please send in one of the following formats:

eps / dwg / dxf / dgn / ai / cdr

We also recommend that you send a pdf of the image that we can use as a reference to check for translation errors, unfortunately we cannot accept responsililty in instances where a pdf is not provided.

What is the largest file size that PPD can accept?

We do not have a maximum but please send your file with a dropbox link or send a zipped file.

Does PPD offer a drawing service?

We can create a vector drawing from your dimensioned sketches, please contact us for details.

How long will PPD store my tools?

Unless we have prior agreement we will store a digital copy of your original file in addition to the phototool for 5 years.

Can I send my own phototools to PPD?

We do accept phototools but please contact us to discuss the specific tools, unfortunately we cannot accept responsibility for the quality of the final etch from supplied phototools.

What colours/layouts should I use?

As a general rule you should create your drawing in black and white, where black is metal, keep in mind that we operate our software using a white screen.

I have artwork that was originally prepared for laser cutting artwork, can I use it for photoetched artwork?

No, laser cut artwork is not suitable, take a look at our ‘Artwork Guide’ for full information on the preparation of artwork.


Process Questions

What is the thickest metal PPD can etch?

Take a look at our ‘Stock Metals Info’ pdf file for the full listing of the thicknesses we stock, the thickest we can etch (although we don’t stock it) is 3mm material, this would be a surface etch only with no through etching.


What is the most economical sheet size?

We don’t have a standard sheet size, but where possible one dimension should be 285mm (300mm including the frame), the other dimension can be set to suit the parts that are to etched - since the setup cost is calculated on the area of phototool created it is therefore more cost effective to create a smaller tool and run multiple copies. (minimum tool size for repeats is 285mm x 150mm, ideally with a maximum of about 10 repeats)

What is the largest sheet size I can order?

The maximum sheet size depends on which metal type and thickness is selected, please refer to our ‘Stock Metal Info’ pdf file for all of the information.

Can PPD etch onto a 3D shape?

At the moment we do not etch onto 3D shapes, only flat 2D sheets.

Can PPD etch silver or gold?

We do etch silver, please contact us for up to date information, at the moment we do not offer a gold etch service.


Can I surface etch (halfetch) on both sides of the metal at the same position?

Yes, we can ‘double etch’, please contact us to check whether your design is suitable for this process.


I’d like to surface etch to 2 different depths, is that possible?

Technically, yes we can etch to 2 different depths, the practicality of this process will depend on whether the artwork is suitable, please contact us for further information.

Delivery Time & Post Options

How long will my order take? 

Our turnaround is generally within 5 working days, please contact us if you have a specific deadline, or for high volume orders.

Do you offer an express service?

Yes, we do offer an express service, please contact us for details.

Do you ship overseas?

Yes, we supply customers worldwide.

What couriers do you use?

We currently use a number of Royal Mail services in addition to TNT.


Other Services

What other services can PPD offer?

We offer a vinyl cutting service, please contact us for details.

Contact Us:

PPD Ltd, Unit 3, Highbank Park, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8NN

T: 01546 602963

 F: 01546 603029

 E: enquiries@ppdltd.com

Who are we?


PPD Ltd have been etching for 30 years, for most of this time based in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. We are a family business that has grown over the years due to our attention to detail, a well priced service, and by treating every customer with.....