PWR Advanced Cooling Technology Chooses Velo3D to Print Heat Exchangers
PWR to explore new thermal management strategies through metal 3D printing across a range of heat exchanger applications in motorsport, battery cell, electronics, aerospace and automotive cooling.
October 7, 2019
Velo3D has entered into a collaborative partnership with PWR for material development for the Sapphire 3D metal printer and serial manufacturing of heat exchangers. With bases in Australia, the U.S. and the UK, PWR is a supplier of cooling solutions to F1, NASCAR and other racing series—as well as the custom-automotive OEM, military and aerospace industries.
The Velo3D and PWR collaboration helps enhance the manufacture of heat-transfer parts for racing and industrial cooling applications. PWR will reportedly have the first production Sapphire machine in the Asia-Pacific region. The two companies will collaborate on aluminum alloy designs with thinner and more-complex heat exchange features, the companies report.
“PWR chose Velo3D after extensive testing,” says Matthew Bryson, general manager, Engineering, for PWR. “The Velo3D Sapphire printer demonstrated the ability to produce class-leading thin-wall capabilities and high-quality surfaces with zero porosity.”
“Heat exchanger weight and pressure-drop characteristics have a huge impact on performance and are significant factors in all motorsport categories,” he says. “Using additive manufacturing to print lightweight structures, enhancing performance with freedom of design, we have the ability to further optimize these characteristics to the customer’s requirements whilst providing the necessary cooling. The broad design capabilities and extremely high print accuracy of the Velo3DSapphire 3D metal printer will help us optimize these various performance attributes.”
“Our expanding relationship with PWR will be one of innovation and new performance benchmarks in heat exchangers,” says Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D. “We created Velo3D to help industrial end-users of 3D metal printing truly realize geometric freedom. We know that our technology can help PWR meet new and evolving design goals in ultra-thin-wall cooling structures.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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