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3DCALOR project takes closer look at AM for heat exchangers

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Heat exchangers are increasingly seen as one of the key “killer applications” of 3D printing for end-use parts manufacturing. The IRT Jules Verne and its partners, Fives, AddUp and the CNRS/LTEN (Laboratory of Thermics and Energy of Nantes) have launched the 3DCALOR project for a duration of 12 months to look closer at the benefits that AM for heat exchangers can bring.

In the current context of increasing the performance of heat exchangers, the consortium will investigate new geometries accessible through additive manufacturing. The objective of this project is to identify the main technological locks related to the production of heat exchangers by additive manufacturing and to evaluate the performances of the integration of innovative architectures based on biomimetic principles.

The IRT Jules Verne, Fives, AddUp and the CNRS/LTEN have launched the 3DCALOR to look at the benefits of AM for heat exchangers The project will also include work on the functionalization of surfaces by texturing and on the development of a product/process design and optimization strategy.  At the end of these 12 months, it could lead to a second, larger project in which the topological optimization aspects and the implementation of a methodology for industrial development would be further developed.

IRT Jules Verne, set up in 2012 as part of the Investissement d’Avenir (Future Investment) program, is an industrial research center dedicated to manufacturing. Its vocation is to improve the competitiveness of strategic industrial sectors in France by creating disruptive technologies for manufacturing processes.

Its mission is to speed up innovation and technology transfer to factories in 5 areas of technological expertise: Robotics and Cobotics, Composite Materials Processes, Metallic Materials and Additive Processes, Modelling and Simulation, Characterisation, Monitoring and Control. The IRT Jules Verne team works hand in hand with the very best industrial and academic resources in the manufacturing field. Together, they strive to develop innovative technologies that will be deployed in the short to medium term in research such as Mobility in the Industrial Environment, Manufacturing Flexibility, Assembly and Joining Technologies, Forming and Preforming Processes, Additive Manufacturing Processes.


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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