Radically enhanced productivity by inovatively designed and additively manufactured cooling channels

Reference number 2018-04312
Coordinator RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Borås
Funding from Vinnova SEK 499 616
Project duration November 2018 - November 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling
Call Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling - 2018

Purpose and goal

The project aims to radically improve the cooling of tools by combining innovative design and additive manufacturing. When manufacturing cooling channels, there are possibilities to increase the heat transfer between tools and coolant by integrating complex internal geometries, as well as locally increase the cooling where it is most useful. Through practical experiments, the goal is to verify our hypothesis and create credibility for the possibility to manufacture cooling channels with radically improved cooling capacity.

Expected results and effects

The possibility to design and manufacture tools with more efficient cooling would widen a bottleneck in many production processes due to reduced cycle times in hot injection moulding or hot-pressing processes, which will result in an increased productivity. Increased productivity contributes to a more competitive production and increased competitiveness of the manufacturing industry. With more efficient production processes, there is also a potential to reduce the energy consumption per produced unit, which will contribute to a more sustainable production.

Planned approach and implementation

In a previous project, we developed an understanding for how the manufacturing process and the resulting internal surfaces influence the flow and cooling capacity of additively manufactured cooling channels. We will now continue this work by combining our experiences with a new design of cooling channels as well as improving the measurement method to characterise the cooling properties. The focus of the project is to manufacture cooling channels with complex internal geometries and to experimentally characterize their improved cooling capacity.

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