Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is under the process of developing high-powered LED lighting for homes and offices by a new manufacturing system called ‘liquid forging’.
Chua Beng Wah, lead researcher on the project explains how the team pooled forging and casting to develop the liquid forging method, subsequently using it to manufacture high-performance LED heat sinks.
The process also enables unified production of intricate light fixtures (to increase surface area) and heat sinks, significantly reducing the manufacturing costs.
Anodizing the heat sink further improves its thermal performance by 10–15% yielding brighter and long lasting LEDs.
Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL), A*STAR’s technology transfer arm has initiated the commercialization of this technology also hinting at its future use in manufacturing biomedical, automotive, and aerospace products.