Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model

Mishimoto E46 3-Series Aluminum Radiator R&D, Part 2: 3D Models

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Mishimoto BMW E46 Non-M Performance Aluminum Radiator!

 

3D Modeling

After some serious 3D modeling work in Solidworks, our first prototype unit is complete. Let’s check out a few of the renders!

Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model

As you can see, the rear of the radiator features a variety of complex pieces. The quick-disconnect fittings have been replicated and will be CNC-machined. All stock mounting points have been included in our design so that this radiator drops into place just like the stock unit.

Take a look at the front side of the radiator.

Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, front view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, front view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, front view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, front view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, front view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, front view

Although you can’t see much of the core in these shots, we did spend a great deal of time designing this component as well. A radiator is only as efficient as the core, and the stock unit is relatively dense. We took great care to select an appropriate fin height, style, and pitch. By producing a thicker core with higher-density external fins, we can ensure that our heat exchanger will outperform the stock unit. Although our current calculations confirm this, final real-world testing will provide full validation of our success.

We will also be stamping our logo into the end tank as shown in the shots above. This is a more subtle form of branding compared to the large logo on the core that we’ve used with past projects.

Here is a look from the sides and top of this radiator!

Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, side view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, side view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, side view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, side view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, top view
Mishimoto E46 3-series aluminum radiator 3D model, top view

Coming Next

Now that we have our prototype modeled we can work up a functional unit for test fitting and efficiency testing. We will update everyone once our prototype is complete!

Thanks

-John

Interested in purchasing our E46 aluminum radiator? Check out our product page linked below!

Mishimoto BMW E46 Non-M Performance Aluminum Radiator!

 

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