The emergence and maturity of metal 3D printing technology, as well as intelligent software such as CFD and CAE, are driving innovations in valve design and manufacturing. Article by Shining 3D.
A valve is a device used to control the direction, pressure and the flow of fluids (liquid, gas, powder). It is an important controlling component of a fluid power system, and is widely used in mechanical products in areas such as petrochemical, mining, power, health, electronics, robotics industries, and so on.
The emergence and maturity of metal 3D printing technology, as well as intelligent software such as CFD and CAE, are driving innovations in valve design and manufacturing. And one such development is for hydraulic manifolds.
Light-weight Hydraulic Manifold
The hydraulic valve manifold is a complicated integration, with internal passages across each other and complex inlet arrangements.
In traditional models, it is necessary to drill the hole and then to block the unnecessary drilled hole with screw plugs in order to manufacture internal-crossed manifolds.
But there exists the possibility of leakage with this kind of manufacturing method. Besides, internal pathways made by drilling are straight and have 90-degree turn. According to CFD (computer fluid dynamics) analysis results, some areas will have the problem of less flow and some will have the turbulence.
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