“Aussie startup races into new 3D printing niche”
Amaero has been mentioned a new article published by Manufacturers’ Monthly. The article discusses a potential new “killer application” for Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology, high performance heat exchangers. The Conflux CoreTMΒ Heat Exchanger was prototyped by Amaero Engineering Pty Ltd overΒ six one-month-long iteration cycles.
According to Michael Fuller, a former Formula 1 engineer and founder of Conflux Technology – βWeβre able to achieve structural efficiencies so that we have light weight, weβve got surface area density efficiencies because of the geometric freedoms β so weβve got good thermal exchange β and our fluid pathways allow us to achieve a good compromise between pumping losses and thermal exchange.β
This result is only possible through the design freedom offered by layer-by-layer printing and the quick turn around from Amaero enabled the Conlux team to squash manufacturing time and spend more time on the design.
Conflux believes it’s product represents the next generation in heat exchange technology and Amaero was pleased to play an important role in its development.
Amaero has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald for having manufacturedΒ the world’s first 3D printed jet engine.
The jet engine, the first ever to be produced with a 3D printer, was madeΒ using a high-powered laser and fused powdered nickel, titanium or aluminium into the shape of objects layer by layer.
The development of the jet engine began two years ago, when Amaero engineers and Monash University researchers joined forces to answer a challenge from French aerospace giant Safran.
“They gave us an old engine, we pulled it apart and then part by part we’ve been manufacturing it for them,” Amaero’s business development manager Ben Batagol said.
The 3D printed jet engine featured several functional improvements to its traditionally manufactured counterpart:
- Reduced production time
- Consolidation of multi-part assemblies into single components
- Less material waste
- Weight saving
Amaero believes this development will open the door for engineers to make and test parts in days instead of months.
Amaero has captured the attention of Airbus, Boeing and defence contractor Raytheon with it’s world first 3D-printed jet engine.
In response to a challenge issued by the French aerospace company Safran, Monash University and Amaero Engineering made a copy of an old engine. The engineers working on the project passed with flying colors and are now making top-secret prototype parts for Safran, Boeing and Airbus.
Professor Ian SmithΒ said he believed Monash was well placed to take advantage of the technology because the university made the materials as well as printing the parts.
“We’re the only centre [in the world] that’s developed the materials that go into the printers, so we can make stuff of sufficient quality,” he said.
By building parts layer by layer Amaero and Monash are able to manufacture complex geometry with materials that would otherwise be very challenging to work with.
Read the full article on ABC News here.