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3D Print Technology Intrigues and Amazes at HVAC Show

Posted April 01, 2015 10:04 AM by larhere
Pathfinder Tags: 3D announcements China china hvac

Many of us know 3D printing technology is an innovative and highly versatile technology with many useful and interesting applications already in practice. Perhaps one of the more interesting applications was the showing of the worlds first fully functional air conditioner produced with 3D printing technology. Complete with 3D printed LED display it was announced by Haier Group, a leading Chinese multinational company at the Shanghai Appliance & Electronics Show.

The elegantly styled air conditioner created considerable interest and attention. What direction this technology takes us will be very interesting to see.In the near future, everything about the model (even the PC boards) will be made with a 3D printer and therefore adjustable to your own wishes.

The Haier air conditioner is shaping up to be the perfect model for people who want their air conditioner to fully blend in with their décor and style. Even names, photos and logos can be added to the model, as its 3D printed nature simply provides a lot of different options for customization.

Read more about the units introduction at the Shanghai appliance show:

Haier Shows 3D Printed HVAC Unit

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank GEA Consulting's President, Larry Butz, for contributing this blog entry.

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04/03/2015 12:33 PM

WOW!

It even prints the refrigerant inside of the coils!

What kind of ink do you use to print R-410 refrigerant?

WOW!

It 3D printed the compressor too!

WOW!

And the wiring!

And the LCD panel! What kind of ink do you use to print that?

This is either an April fools joke or someone just 3D printed a joint and they are smoking it!

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04/03/2015 1:23 PM

Perhaps Haier might be guilty of over-hyping, but hey, what are trade shows for!

From what I know about this unit it has two components made with 3D printing - the LCD Display and the (beautiful and unique) exterior cabinet. The cabinet was so striking an excited attendee actually bought this one of a kind product right off the stage.

But to your point, making all the components from 3D printing is still a way off in the future.

Larry

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04/03/2015 1:35 PM

Yes I was being very sarcastic.

Maybe because there are so many people that would think that the entire unit was just printed!

Yes, the cover is very well done. Very artistic. I can see the company releasing the 3D file to anyone that would take the base design and build off of it.

Perhaps custom ducting that flows to an animals cage or directed at a certain area of a room that has temperature issues.

I wish they would have been a little more forthcoming on the reality and actual parts that were printed.

An amazing feat anyway you look at it!

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04/04/2015 3:33 AM

The classic mistake of being a triumph of presentation over content.

That fancy shape could have possibly been doing something useful to the airflow rather than just looking pretty and being a pig to clean.

What? They never thought about cleaning it?... That figures.

Call me an old cynic if you like, but to me it smacks of salesmen try to make a quick cosmetic improvement rather than engineers using the technology to improve the functionality.

In my line of work I get it all the time from customers, new guy at the top want's loads of software changes to 'make it easier/better' We do the changes, the guys in the field don't use 'em 'cos it makes it it slower/more complicated. We tried to tell 'em we'd been round the same loop before... but do they listen? Nah, they have their heads too far up their own backsides to listen to anyone else.

Jaded? Me? Whadda ya mean? You Wanna make something of it....?

Del

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