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Researchers Investigate Applicability of Using 3D Printing for Mass Production of Satellites

Researchers Investigate Applicability of Using 3D Printing for Mass Production of Satellites

Written by David

December 6, 2018

[Image: Tomsk Polytechnic University] As the world works to find faster, more cost-effective ways to get to space, it’s necessary to test out innovative, modern technologies, such as 3D printing, rather than stick to the more conventional but expensive methods. Most current 3D printed thermoplastic satellites are developed as part of academic projects that have a low budget, such as the small Tomsk-TPU-120 , and it’s very important to achieve fast, flexible, and automated serial production of reliable satellites for less money. This is the subject of a paper, titled “ Material Characterization of Additively Manufactured PA12 and Design of Multifunctional Satellite Structures ,” that was written by a collaborative group of researchers from the the German Aerospace Center ( DLR ), the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) , and the University of Stuttgart Institute of Space Systems (IRS) . Exploded view of the technology demonstrator […]

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