RTX had 118 patents in 3D printing during Q4 2023.RTX Corp filed patents for various components used in heat exchangers, gas turbine engines, and magnetostrictive oscillators. These components include additively manufactured pins for core layers, a fabrication apparatus for ceramic structures, a split case structure for gas turbine engines, a probe head with a heater element, and a strut with a heater element and electrically insulative layer. GlobalData’s report on RTX gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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RTX grant share with 3D printing as a theme is 44% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Heat exchanger core layer (Patent ID: US20230408213A1)

The patent filed by RTX Corp. pertains to a pin for a core layer of a heat exchanger that is additively manufactured and features a sinusoidal shape between an upper and lower sheet. The claims detail the specific design and construction of the pin, including additional curves, tapered cross-section, and the use of a rounded triangular shape. Furthermore, the patent describes a layer for a heat exchanger that incorporates multiple pins with sinusoidal shapes to facilitate fluid flow between the upper and lower sheets.

The patent also outlines methods for additively manufacturing the pins and layers for the heat exchanger, specifying the use of metal powder bed SLM processes for materials such as aluminum alloy, titanium alloy, nickel-chromium-based superalloy, stainless steel, or copper. Additionally, the patent covers the construction of a heat exchanger using interleaved layers with headers for fluid connections, showcasing the versatility and efficiency of the proposed design. Overall, the patent highlights innovative approaches to heat exchanger design and manufacturing through additive processes and unique pin configurations.

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