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Improving additive manufacturing for space missions

Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, presents a game-changing opportunity for the space industry to produce complex components with greater efficiency at a lower cost. However, the trial-and-error method currently used to create such parts with limited materials is not suited for components that would need to survive the harsh environment of space. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Materials for Aerospace and Defence 2018-2028 . Thanks to a $750,000 award from NASA , researchers from QuesTek Innovations and the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering will utilize new computer modeling and optimization techniques, combined with a nickel-iron super-alloy, to enable faster adoption of additive manufacturing in various NASA missions. The principal investigator of the project, "Integrated Computational Material Engineering Technologies for Additive Manufacturing," is Jiadong Gong, PhD, technical fellow at QuesTek in Evanston, Ill. Collaborators from the Swanson School’s Department of […]


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