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VELO3D & PWR Advanced Cooling Technology Partner to collaborate for Material Development & 3D Printing of Heat Exchangers

Metal 3D Printing
Metal 3D Printing
Above: Heat exchanger and its unique cross-section/Image Credit: VELO3D

VELO3D, a Silicon Valley-based end-to-end solution provider for metal 3D printing, announced that it has entered into a partnership with PWR, a world leader in cooling technology design and manufacture, to work on metal 3D printing of next generation of high-performance heat exchangers. The collaboration also extends to the development of new materials for VELO3D’s Sapphire metal 3D printing system.

According to the partnership, PWR will start using the Sapphire metal 3D printing system. Both the partners will focus on setting new standards in heat-transfer parts for racing and industrial cooling applications. The collaboration will work on aluminium alloy designs with thinner and more-complex heat exchange features and best-in-class surface finishes.

Speaking about the partnership, Matthew Bryson, General Manager, Engineering, for PWR said, “PWR chose VELO3D after extensive testing. The VELO3D Sapphire metal 3D printing system has demonstrated the ability to produce class-leading 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. We are a natural fit and look forward to building a strong partnership going forward.”

He added, “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. The broad design capabilities and extremely high print accuracy of the VELO3D Sapphire 3D metal printer will help us optimize these various performance attributes.”

While Benny Buller, founder, and CEO of VELO3D explained, “Our expanding relationship with PWR will be one of innovation and new performance benchmarks in heat exchangers. PWR’s history of high-quality products, world-class design, and testing, and customer success in the gruelling environments of motorsport make our joint endeavour an especially exciting one. We created VELO3D to help industrial end-users of metal 3D printing truly realize geometric freedom. We know that our technology can help PWR meet new and evolving design goals in ultra-thin-wall cooling structures.”

PWR will explore new high-performance thermal management strategies through metal 3D printing across a range of heat exchanger applications in motorsport, battery cell, electronics, aerospace, and automotive cooling.


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