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Status report on 3D-printing heat exchangers

3D-printing heat exchangers requires understanding DfAM, the principles of heat transfer and fluid mechanics, and the additive manufacturing process, said Conflux’s CTO.

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Like many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused me to spend more time than usual at home. I devoted some of that time to reflecting on my past two-and-a-half years at Conflux Technology, a design and engineering firm that uses laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) technology to 3D-print compact, high-performance heat exchangers for a range of market verticals.

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I organized my thoughts and opinions into an article—excerpted here—that looks at the current state of metal additive manufacturing, existing challenges with the technology, and issues that will need to be addressed in the future.

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A Good Fit

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First off, the metal AM community deserves kudos for advancements to the technology the past 10 years. The progress is largely attributable to the continual identification and development […]

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