As heat exchangers have advanced over the decades, they’ve taken on increasingly more roles in an ever-wider range of thermal management applications. That means manufacturers have learned to create an expansive range of heat exchanger types, each designed to accommodate the specific needs of certain, sometimes unique, applications. In the quest to continuously evolve their designs, heat exchanger manufacturers often employ advanced design and manufacturing techniques to ensure that every solution operates as designed. That often includes the use of 3D printing technology to create rapid prototypes that can be thoroughly tested before any unit goes into final production.
The Design and Analysis Process
Designing optimal thermal management solutions is a joint process involving a team of thermal management, design, and engineering experts. Every aspect of the heat exchanger, including its size, shape, capacity, and overall construction (i.e., heat pipe or cold plate-based) will be chosen according to what the application demands. This helps ensure that there are no discrepancies between what the designer originally envisions and the realities of the manufacturing process, as well as the optimal function of the heat exchanger once it’s been implemented.
The Value in 3D Prototyping
By utilizing advanced 3D printing technology, heat exchanger manufacturers can take the analysis phase further by creating rapid prototypes of parts, tools, and other components to test in a real-world physical setting. 3D prototypes ensure that every part, as well as the heat exchanger itself, fits into the application as designed to avoid having to back to the drawing board. For both heat exchanger manufacturers and the clients that rely on their thermal management solutions, this helps ensure a much faster and more efficient turnaround time for every heat exchanger produced.
For more information about how 3D printing helps streamline heat exchanger manufacturing, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.