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CERN engineers 3D print array of thin wall cooling components for LHCb

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The use of 3D printing at CERN has been picking up significantly as new opportunities emerge for AM technologies to produce the unique components that power the world’s most complex machine. Using a DMP350 metal 3D printer from 3D Systems, CERN engineers now 3D printed an array of 44 thin-wall (250um) complex high precision cooling circuit components for the LHCb detector at CERN

3D printed components for LHCb The engineers used Ti6Al4V ELI (grade 23) alloy for the build configuration that you see in this image with 2 mirrored designs for 2 rows and 11 columns for a total of 44 parts in one job. The overall build time built time: 3 days (but you can easily imagine how long it would take to produce these by die-cast if it were even possible) and the parts were made with a layer thickness of just 30 microns.

The design shown here is by Nikhef with DfAM guidance from 3D Systems AIG Team in Leuven supporting the team currently updating the LHCb* detector CERN.

3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 metal 3D printer was designed for flexible application use for R&D projects, application development and serial production, scalable for volume part production. Quick-swap build modules and fast powder recycling speed up production. A central server manages print jobs, materials, settings and maintenance for 24/7 productivity.

At the company’s advanced manufacturing centers, 3D Systems 3D printed over 500,000 highly-complicated metal parts to continuously improve the machine through closed-loop feedback between the production team and product development. The machine comes an integrated solution that includes the DMP Flex 350 printer with patented technology, the extensively tested suite of LaserForm materials, 3DXpert metal additive manufacturing software, and the expertise of our application engineers to realize time, cost and functionality benefits. Users can also count on reliable material databases for precision metal 3D printing without having to go through the challenging time and cost-consuming effort of developing process parameters themselves.

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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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