Additive Manufacturing is suitable for a great many industrial applications. It is also a fast, flexible, and cost effective solution for the production of complex parts.
The innovative Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology finds application for industrial heat exchangers. Often, these must supply and draw off thermal energy as efficiently as possible in confined spaces. In addition, some applications require that the heat exchanger geometry is adapted to the part that must be cooled – a complex step that conventional production methods can realise only with difficulty. This imposes limitations on designers who must develop end products as a compromise between an optimised layout and its technical feasibility.
Additive Manufacturing technology, on the other hand, provides maximum freedom of design, and so opens up new paths for the geometrical layout of heat exchangers. For instance, turbulators can be integrated in fluid channels. Turbulators deliberately generate turbulence in the flow for optimised heat transfer. The technology used in the laser sintering systems can therefore build up highly compact and highly efficient designs that can also be adapted to the installation environment. This Additive Manufacturing (AM) method does not need any tools, so single, individual items can be produced requiring almost no additional costs.