Velo3D entered into a collaborative partnership with PWR for material development for the Sapphire 3D metal printer and serial manufacturing of heat exchangers.

The two companies plan to develop heat-transfer parts for racing and industrial cooling applications. PWR will have the first production Sapphire machine in the Asia Pacific region. Among the first projects are a collaboration on aluminum alloy designs with thinner and more-complex heat exchange features.

The Sapphire system will allow the manufacture of customized parts in higher volumes and the use of additive manufacturing for direct part replacement. Velo3D says that its technology can help PWR meet evolving design goals in ultra-thin-wall cooling structures.

With bases in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdome, PWR supplies cooling solutions to F1, Nascar and other racing series, as well as the custom-automotive OEM, military and aerospace industries.