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An open pore copper foam has been launched by Versarien that promises to deliver extremely high thermal efficiency, mechanical strength and reduced weight. The porous structure produces heat transfer rates approximately 300% greater than current technology.

The manufacturing method distributes the pores evenly through the material, ensuring the mechanical and thermal properties are constant throughout each component and can be repeated for batches of parts, unlike other metal foams.

The process allows smaller open pore components than previously possible, while larger parts and sheet material can also be manufactured using modular building techniques. The simplicity and repeatability of the process enables products to be produced at a competitive price. Versarien intends to extend the technology to other materials, including aluminium, in the near future.

Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien said, "Its exceptional properties can be applied to a wide range of industries, from semiconductor cooling to fuel cells, acoustic installations, and aerospace components where weight, rigidity and thermal conductivity are important. This will bring the advantages of metal foams to a much wider audience at an affordable cost."

Justin Cunningham

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