Extrusions are widely used at almost every level of electronic cooling due to their low tooling cost and cost per piece in production quantities combined with effective cooling capabilities.
Depending on the fin configuration, extrusions are suitable for both natural convection and forced air environments.
- A billet of aluminum is heated to temperatures in excess of 900°F.
- Next, the billet is pressed and drawn through a die of the desired cross section by a rod with up to 22 tons of force.
- The extrusion is then manually pulled through the opposite end and cooled.
- In the final stage, the extrusion is cut to the requested length.
- At this point secondary processes are then performed.
24 in (609 mm) max profile width
>= 0.5 mm fin thickness
22:1 fin height to minimum gap ratio
>= 2.5 mm base thickness
Moderate to high surface area
Available in any length
Hundreds of standard profiles
- CNC machining
- Screen printing
- Powder coating
- Laser etching
- Embedded fans
- Thermal greases
- Embedded heat pipes
- Phase change materials
- Back plates
- Gap filler pads
- Dielectric pads