Photochemically Etched Heat Exchangers

Heat exchangers are critical components in a range of systems because they efficiently transfer heat between fluids and/or gasses, ensuring optimal temperature regulation and energy efficiency. They can handle high temperatures and pressures while maintaining structural integrity, making them indispensable for reliable and efficient system operations.

  • Reduce energy consumption by optimizing heating and cooling processes
  • Withstand high temperatures and pressures
  • Enhance system efficiency by maximizing thermal energy exchange between fluids and/or gasses 
  • Offer high performance in a compact size
  • Maintain consistent and precise temperature control
  • Applicable in diverse industries
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Photochemical Etching of Heat Exchangers

Precision-manufactured heat exchangers are critical for ensuring optimal temperature control and energy efficiency, especially in industries where precise thermal management is necessary for maintaining performance, safety, and cost-effectiveness.

Leaders in photochemical etching, Fotofab specializes in manufacturing high-precision heat exchangers tailored to various industrial applications. We provide exceptional customer service and technical support, assisting clients through every stage of the project, from design to delivery.

Due to their precision and efficiency, photochemically etched heat exchangers are relied on for use in applications across a diverse range of industries. 

Key applications of photochemically etched heat exchangers include

Aerospace and Defense:

An important component in cooling systems for avionics, engine components, and thermal management of electronic systems.


A key part of cooling systems for engines, transmissions, and climate control systems.


Critical for thermal management in electronic devices, including cooling systems for CPUs, power electronics, and other high-heat-generating components.

Medical Devices:

Essential components in medical imaging equipment, diagnostic devices, and thermal regulation of surgical tools.

Industrial Machinery:

Applied in heat recovery systems, process cooling, and temperature control of machinery.


Utilized in thermal management systems for solar panel elements, capacitor elements, fuel cells, and batteries to improve efficiency and lifespan.

Cryogenic applications:

The use of extremely low temperatures to achieve unique material properties and performance in fields such as aerospace, medical technology, and scientific research.

Fotofab employs a variety of metals in the photochemical etching process to ensure precision, durability, and accuracy. 

Fotofab Advantages

With a commitment to quality, precision, and customer satisfaction, Fotofab has positioned itself as a leader in delivering high-precision components tailored to a wide range of leading industries.

Leveraging the latest photochemical etching equipment and processes, we deliver high-precision components tailored to meet the application’s unique requirements.  

Adhering to strict quality control standards and certifications, we ensure each product meets or exceeds industry benchmarks for performance and reliability.

Benefits of Photochemical Etching for Heat Exchangers

High-precision components delivering precision, durability and accuracy

Our proven photochemical etching process allows for the creation of intricate and precise metal parts, making it the popular process for producing high-quality heat exchangers that will perform in any environment.

Benefits of this precision process include:

Allows for the creation of intricate and complex designs with tight tolerances,  ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.

Produces burr-free and clean edges, critical for the efficient performance of heat exchangers.

Reduces tooling costs and is economically viable for both small and large production runs.

Unlike mechanical machining, photochemical etching does not induce stress or alter the material properties of the metal.

Easily accommodates design changes and customizations, allowing for rapid prototyping and production adjustments in a little as 1-2 days..

Minimizes material waste, making it a cost-effective method for producing high-quality components.

Explore Metals We Chemically Etch

At Fotofab, we provide photochemical machining (chemical etching, acid etching) services for a wide range of metals.

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Photochemical Etching for Heat Exchangers

Fotofab has been chemically etching custom Heat Exchangers for over 50 years in a variety of applications in:

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