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Dallara turns to Conflux for new 3D printed heat exchangers

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Conflux Technology, an Australian studio developing some of the most advanced additively manufactured heat exchanger designs, will be producing a new set of 3D printed heat exchangers in partnership with Dallara, Italy.

Besides developing its own hypercars, Dallara is a contract builder for just about every motorsport category across the globe. Their reputation for designing and building race cars is impeccable and the company has extensive expertise working with AM and composites.

For Conflux, this is an extension of the company’s motorsport pedigree, proof of performance capabilities and commercially viable products. Conflux Technology began its AM journey in motorsport, giving this project special significance for the team.

Conflux Technology will be producing a new set of 3D printed heat exchangers in partnership with Dallara, Italy.

“Conflux heat exchangers derive their performance from highly complex geometries that make use of the inherent freedoms afforded by Additive Manufacturing,” said Michael Fuller, CEO & Founder of Conflux Technology. “Dallara set us an initial challenge to produce small heat exchangers that meet stringent performance, quality and cost targets. To achieve this, our engineers are working alongside Dallara personnel with the ultimate aim to improve fundamental efficiencies in the automotive and motorsport sector.”

Since its founding, Conflux Technology focused its efforts on developing new and innovative solutions for thermal and fluid engineering. In a 2018 case study, the company detailed how it utilized EOS’ metal 3D printing technology to prototype and produce new and more efficient 3D printed heat exchangers.

Dallara is a leader in the design and manufacture of racing cars, providing cars as sole supplier to IndyCar, Indy Lights, GP2, GP3, Formula 3.5 V8, Super Formula and Renault Sport Trophy. The company also provides cars to all Formula 3 championships, and for instructional leagues such as the Formulino, for the Formula E championship, for WEC, and ELMS.

The three core competencies of Dallara include design and production (using composite materials in carbon fiber), aerodynamics (wind tunnel and CFD) and vehicle dynamics (simulation and testing). In the last few years, the Engineering division at Dallara has significantly expanded its activities and it has attracted business from some of the most important names in the automotive industry including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bugatti, Ferrari, Porsche, KTM, Lamborghini and Maserati.

In 2012, the company opened an engineering centre (Dallara LLC) in Speedway, Indiana, that was formed to be the sole supplier of chassis and components currently used in the IndyCar and IndyLights Series. Since its opening, Dallara LLC has been able to diversify its activities, expanding to the aerospace and defense industries and by becoming ISO 9001:2008 certified.

In 2016, Dallara began a joint venture with Cadillac to design and manufacture an LMP2 car, which became the Cadillac Dpi that races in the IMSA Series.The same building is also home to an edutainment centre, where visitors can learn, while having fun, how a racing car is designed, developed and produced.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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