Heat sinks are a critical part of the electronic device manufacturing process. Without heat sinks, expensive electronics would burn up in a matter of minutes. So, what do you look for in a high-quality heat sink design for electronics? Here are a few things to consider.
The best materials for high-quality heatsink designs use aluminum alloys. The higher the quality of the aluminum and other raw materials, the better it dissipates heat. Because of a need for lightweight, aluminum will likely be the raw material of choice for the heat sink design used for portable electronics.
There are many grades of aluminum. Some of it is pure, premium aluminum billet, while other aluminum grades incorporate a lot of melted down and recycled scrap aluminum. Recycled and scrap aluminum that is re-melted down and not put through any purification process will not produce heat sink designs and designs that use premium aluminum billet.
Is the heat sink a stand-alone? Or is it part of a thermal management strategy incorporating heat pipes and casings that help draw the heat away from sensitive components? A high-quality heat sink design considers all of the factors involved in keeping the electronic device cool.
There are many different types of heat sink designs. Depending on the type of design you use, the shape, size, location, and organization of the heat sink fin design help manage the heat. Engineers use rapid prototyping to determine which heat sink designs and configurations transfer the heat the best and in the most efficient manner.
The attachment method used to connect the heat sink to the electronic device is critical to determining the efficiency of your thermal management solution. Some of the attachment methods include thermal tape, standoff spacers, flat spring clips, thermal epoxy, and friction stir welding.
The best electronic heat sink designs come from dedicated engineering professionals to help support the heat management process, and that are constantly looking for new ways to manage heat better for a lower cost.
At Getec Industrial, our extruded aluminum heat sink designs are best-in-class. We use premium aluminum billet to produce high-quality aluminum heat sink designs at a level of quality that our competitors just can’t match. For more information, give us a call at 888-999-8499, fill out our brief contact form, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to contact one of our aluminum tubing specialists.