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Additive manufacturing boosts efficiency of heat transfer components

: Neugebauer, Reimund; Müller, Bernhard; Gebauer, Mathias; Töppel, Thomas


Assembly automation 31 (2011), No.4, pp.344-347
ISSN: 0144-5154
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IWU ()
advanced manufacturing technologies; laser beam melting; heat transfer components; metal components; additive manufacturing; electric drive vehicle; manufacturing system

The purpose of this paper is to show the innovative approach of manufacturing filigree and highly complex components by means of laser beam melting. Design/methodology/approach. The paper describes the unique geometric freedom of the laser beam melting technology and its possibility of quick, tool-less production of complex components allow the manufacturing of functionally superior components in a short time. Principally concludes the following: additive manufacturing proved to give superior properties to the component compared to conventional manufacturing methods. Originality/value. This study provides context for the development and manufacturing of an individual heat-transfer component for an electricdriven formula race car.