Aerospace: The possibilities offered by Additive Manufacturing

1 October 2018by Fabio Gualdo0
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Are you and your team designing  a new spacecraft? Are you thinking about metal replacement with the thermoplastics of 3D printing? This change in the aerospace industry is becoming more and more widespread. Additive  manufacturing is ideal not only for prototypes realization but also mainly for the production of functional components suitable for the aerospace sector  thanks to new thermoplastics such as ULTEM,PPSF and PEKK Antero800 NA.

3D printing takes you to space

Stratasys Ltd., global leader in the production of 3D printers and PADT, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies Inc. are working  together  to realize a new generation of 3D printed components for the Nasa’s Orion spacecraft.

The new high performance thermoplastic of this project is a ESD variant of Pekk Antero 800 NA by Stratasys that offers mechanical, chemical and thermal properties.

Nasa’s Orion spacecraft will take astronauts to the moon and beyond. The next Orion’s test flight, called Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), will be the first to use the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket in the world. During  this mission, that will last for three weeks, the uncrewed Orion capsule will fly for thousands of miles beyond the moon.

Nasa beats the most difficult challenges to space exploration also because of materials such as ULTEM 9085 resin and the new Antero that guarantee an extraordinary resistance to high temperatures, chemical agents and mechanical loads.

“The demands of space travel require extremely high performance materials and the most rigorous manufacturing processes in the industry. Part integrity and repeatability are essential and must pass Nasa’s demanding  testing and validation process,” Said Scott Sevcik, VP of manufacturing solutions at Stratasys.

Spring srl and Aerospace

The aerospace sector is for Spring srl one of the most important fields of application of Additive manufacturing. The company with its professional 3D printers, F900 certificate AICS (Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution) and 20 years of experience in the industry is your best partner in the realization of functional components, tooling application for composites and prototypes.

Source: www.tecnelab.it

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