New in our Encyclopedia: additive manufacturing for refrigeration equipment

Additive manufacturing makes it possible to optimise the geometry and performance of cooling components such as heat exchangers and regenerators for caloric cooling. 

The IIR has just released on its website two new summary documents on additive manufacturing of refrigeration components, prepared with Kristina Navickaite, junior member of the E1 Commission on “Air Conditioning”. 


In the refrigeration industry, additive manufacturing (colloquially referred to as “3D printing”) makes it possible to fabricate novel, complex and potentially more energy efficient heat exchanger geometries than traditional manufacturing methods. In the field of caloric cooling, additive manufacturing allows the optimisation of regenerator geometry, thus improving the performance of magnetocaloric and elastocaloric cooling technologies in particular. 



The summary documents are available online:

Additive manufacturing of heat exchangers


Additive manufacturing of regenerators for caloric cooling



For more summary documents on refrigeration technologies and applications

Browse through the Encyclopedia of Refrigeration