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Sintavia 3D prints massive metal heat exchanger on AMCM machine

The maritime part took 12 days of continuous printing

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Florida-based Sintavia, a metal AM service provider focusing primarily on aerospace applications, recently completed the additive production of a massive metal heat exchanger, 3D printed on one of the company’s two internal AMCM M4K-4 metal 3D printer. The seawater heat exchangers is one of the largest single metal parts ever printed by PBF technology and certainly the largest 3D printed heat exchanger ever additively manufactured in metal.

The engineers at Sintavia were able to set up the parameters for a print job that took an impressive 12-days of continuous printing. However, without the 4-laser beam setup of the M4K-4 it could have taken significantly more time. The material uses is a nickel superalloy geared specifically for marine heat exchanger use, and the entire component has external dimensions of approximately 16” x 16” x 39” (about 400 x 400 x 1000 mm).

One of the benefits of designing scalable heat exchanger cores is that when your printers get larger, so do they. Besides the AMCM systems, Sintavia has also just ordered two NXG XII 12-laser systems from SLM Solutions, which are even larger, and faster. Sintavia said that the heat exchangers the company designed and printed can deliver up to 2X better heat transfer and up to 3X lower pressure drop than traditionally designed and manufactured versions—with more than 4X improvement in manufacturing yield.

These units are integral in cooling the maritime engines of tomorrow, and open up the way to multiple new possibilities in large format, highly intricate and complex metal parts, built by metal PBF technology. The company intends to continue to build its role as one of the premier manufacturers of advanced propulsion and thermodynamic systems for the aerospace, defense, and space industries.

Sintavia 3D prints massive metal heat exchanger on AMCM machine. The job took 12 hours of continuous printing.


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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 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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