April 19, 2013

How to Select the Best Custom Heatsink Design

Heatsinks are accessories that divert heat from other electronic devices like computers and processors. Various factors should be considered when you look at a heatsink best suited to your electronics and electrical fixtures. These factors include space requirements, cooling methods, the heatsink’s heat pipe design and whether a custom heatsink is a better buy or a mass-produced unit will work just as well. Not all cooling systems work equally well or serve the same precise function. A heatsink under consideration should be compatible with the existing cooling method or appliance it is to be paired with.

A customized heatsink is tailored to a particular function. A custom heatsink’s dimensions should be compatible with the space it must fit inside. Heatsinks have to accommodate the space they will fit. Extra space is optimal in order for heat to escape. The heatsink’s heat pipe design should be aesthetic as well as functional.

A custom heatsink should sufficiently cool the system it is purchased for. Cooling fans are less expensive alternatives to more expensive components but they may not get the job done. More heat may be generated than a cheaper fan-centric device may be capable of handling. A liquid cooling system works through an air-to-liquid heat transfer via a short fluid network placed through the heatsink itself. The rerouted liquid is cooled externally after it exits the heatsink. This is a more expensive option but the end result will obviously be more effective than a simpler fan construct.

A customized heatsink will is usually preferable to a commercially available unit. The expense that goes into the design and fabrication of a custom unit sizeable can offset if many units are needed. Mass-produced heatsinks are cost effective and different designs exist. A customized heatsink with a tailored heat pipe design is available with turnkey manufacturing.