Development and Optimization of Conformal Cooling Channel with Dynamic Thermal Analysis

Problem Statement

Increasing industries have realized the benefits of conformal cooling, and more moulding inserts are leveraging on embedded conformal cooling design to be competitive. However, conformal cooling channels are currently manually designed. The design process is tough and time-consuming, and significant human empirical knowledge is required in conformal cooling design.

Objective

This project aims to develop a software product and solution for automatic design and optimization of conformal cooling channels, which incorporates dynamic thermal analysis and assessment in a single system.

The automated conformal cooling design module provides 10 design patterns and 2 projection methods to deal with diverse moulding profiles and cooling configurations.
The automated conformal cooling design module provides 10 design patterns and 2 projection methods to deal with diverse moulding profiles and cooling configurations.

Key Benefits/Outcomes

  • The automated software could enhance manufacturing productivity by improving part quality, reducing design lead time and tooling verification time.
  • The solution also minimizes the dependence on human knowledge capital, and solve the manpower intensive process in developing rapid tooling with conformal cooling.
  • It allows user to design 3D printed conformal cooling channel more efficiently, at lower cost and shorter timelines.
  • 3D printed conformal cooling could potentially reduce injection moulding cycle times between 30%-60% over conventional cooling system.

Collaborator

Contacts

Mr. Marc Lee marc.lee@ntuitive.sg

Dr, Zhao  Zhiqiang  zhao_zhiqiang@nyp.edu.sg

Mr. Zaw Hlwan Moe hlwan_moe_zaw@nyp.edu.sg

Mr. Vincent Lek  vincent_lek@nyp.edu.sg