Velo3D Collaborates with PWR to Print Next-Gen, High-Performance Heat Exchangers
Together with Velo3D, PWR will explore new high-performance thermal management strategies through metal 3D printing across a range of heat exchanger applications.
Edited by AM Staff
Velo3D has entered into a collaborative partnership with PWR for material development for the Sapphire 3D metal printer and serial manufacturing of state-of-the-art heat exchangers. With bases in Australia, the USA and the UK, PWR is a supplier of cooling solutions to F1, NASCAR and other racing series—as well as the custom-automotive OEM, military and aerospace industries.
The Velo3D and PWR collaboration sets a new standard in heat-transfer parts for racing and industrial cooling applications. PWR will have the first production Sapphire machine in the Asia Pacific region. The two companies will collaborate on aluminum alloy designs with thinner and more-complex heat exchange features and best-in-class surface finishes.
“PWR chose Velo3D after extensive testing,” says Matthew Bryson, general manager of Engineering for PWR. “The Velo3D Sapphire printer demonstrated the ability to produce thin-wall capabilities and high-quality surfaces with zero porosity. Velo3D and PWR share a passion for pushing the limits of technology to deliver truly disruptive, class-leading, products."
“Heat exchanger weight and pressure-drop characteristics have a huge impact on performance and are significant factors in all motorsport categories,” he says. “Using additive manufacturing to print lightweight structures, enhancing performance with freedom-of-design, we have the ability to further optimize these characteristics to the customer’s requirements whilst providing the necessary cooling.”
“Our expanding relationship with PWR will be one of innovation and new performance benchmarks in heat exchangers,” says Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D. “We know that our technology can help PWR meet new and evolving design goals in ultra-thin-wall cooling structures.”