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CERN engineers 3D print array of thin wall cooling components for LHCb

The use of 3D printing at CERN has been picking up significantly as new opportunities emerge for AM technologies to produce the unique components that power the world’s most complex machine. Using a DMP350 metal 3D printer from 3D Systems, CERN engineers now 3D printed an array of 44 thin-wall (250um) complex high precision cooling circuit components for the LHCb detector at CERN The engineers used Ti6Al4V ELI (grade 23) alloy for the build configuration that you see in this image with 2 mirrored designs for 2 rows and 11 columns for a total of 44 parts in one job.


The overall build time built time: 3 days (but you can easily imagine how long it would take to produce these by die-cast if it were even possible) and the parts were made with a layer thickness of just 30 microns. The design shown here is by Nikhef with DfAM guidance from 3D Systems AIG Team in Leuven supporting the team currently updating the LHCb* detector CERN. 3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 metal 3D printer was designed for flexible application use for R&D projects, application development and serial production, scalable for volume part production. Quick-swap build modules and fast […]


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