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GA-ASI Partners With Conflux on Additive Manufacturing

: Apr 30, 2020 - : 12:31 am

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has partnered with Australia-based Conflux Technology on the development of a heat exchanger. The part is being developed using a metal additive manufacturing process for possible integration onto GA-ASI’s line of RPAs.

An additive manufacturing applications company based in Geelong, Victoria,  Conflux Technology specializes in thermal and fluid engineering. The company is providing design expertise in the optimization of additive manufacturing heat exchangers to increase the performance of RPA.

“GA-ASI and Conflux are developing novel and state-of-the-art thermal solutions for application to our existing and next generation RPAS. This will allow enhanced endurance and lower manufacturing cost, as well as more flexibility in our product design and integration,” said Linden Blue, GA-ASI CEO.

“Fundamental efficiency gains require heat transfer innovations. In Conflux we have a highly innovative engineering team that blends first principles thermo-fluid dynamics with design creativity and Additive Manufacturing process expertise,” said Michael Fuller, Conflux Technology CEO. “Conflux heat exchangers derive their performance from highly complex geometries enabled by Additive Manufacturing.”

The Australian Government recently selected GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian variant to provide the Armed RPAS for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under Project Air 7003.

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