3D Systems has been selected by the US Army to use additive manufacturing (AM) to help improve heat exchanger parts.

Working with Raytheon Technologies, the Penn State Applied Research Lab, Johns Hopkins University, and Identify3D, the company will ‘optimize a component relative to an Army modernization product to maximize cooling and improve overall system performance’ a press release said.

The project, entitled ‘Research for Virtual Design and Qualification Process for Additively Manufactured Parts Optimized for Multi-Laser Machines’ will include determining performance requirements, improving part design, and improving quality control, performance validation, and data security, 3D Systems said.

The project involves developing a bespoke version of 3D Systems’ DMP Factory 500 3D printer with extra coaxial process monitoring and a high contrast single-lens reflex (SLR) camera within the build chamber.

Plans are also to improve technology for process modeling and defect prediction, process monitoring and defect detection, topology optimization, and cyber-physical security.

‘The team is establishing a singular fluid architecture that encompasses design optimization, sensing, machine learning, security, testing, and production,’ said Lisa Strama, president and CEO of NCMS, a cross-industry technology development consortium also involved in the project.

This story uses material from 3D Systems, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.