Where can additive manufacturing be used? Dr. Ankit Saharan and Dr. Gregory Hayes of EOS examine this phase of development in additive manufacturing.
We have all come to know many different applications from additive technology ranging from conformal cooling in tooling to brackets and hinges in aerospace to combustion chambers in engine technology to patient specific implants in the medical world. However, one of the upcoming applications that can potentially disrupt many industries is heat exchangers. With new options in the aluminum class of materials in addition to some in the copper family, never before designed heat exchangers are now being tested and showing unparalleled performance. This can impact many industries ranging from aerospace to automotive to electronics. The latter being the key where the volumes truly would test the limit of this technology in terms of it’s viability as a mass production tool in todays’ world and make everyone more aware of the impact of 3D printing technology in their daily lives.