Conflux Technology utilizes 3D printing to create an Argon Gas Heat Exchanger, as reported by 3DPrinting.com.


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Australian company Conflux Technology and partner AMCM have recently unveiled their groundbreaking 3D printed argon heat exchanger. The journey leading up to this innovative creation began with Conflux understanding AMCM’s heat transfer challenges and objectives. Through detailed discussions on boundary conditions, priorities, and design constraints, Conflux provided preliminary CFD simulations and a comprehensive report, outlining optimal configurations for fin size, design, and density, among other crucial aspects.

The design phase made use of Conflux’s additive manufacturing expertise, resulting in optimized designs. However, the process didn’t end there. Adjustments were made based on AMCM’s specific requirements, such as incorporating a larger duct diameter to enhance flow rates and reduce pressure loss. Furthermore, the design was thoroughly compared with the existing heat exchanger, ensuring seamless integration.

Thanks to Conflux’s local manufacturing facility, equipped with cutting-edge 3D printing machines like the EOS M300, a proof-of-concept prototype was quickly produced. The creation and post-processing of the prototype incorporated stringent cleanliness measures to ensure compatibility with the inert gas used in the heat exchanger. After passing internal assessments, AMCM conducted their own testing on a production M 4K machine, leading to the confirmation of a serial production order.

This remarkable project has achieved several significant milestones. Notably, it has dramatically reduced packaging volume by 93% and created a monolithic build, simplifying installation and maintenance. Now, AMCM has plans to distribute these highly efficient heat exchangers globally, thereby enhancing the thermal management system of their M 4K machines.

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(Source: confluxtechnology.com)

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