An Introduction to the Space Applications of Additive Manufacturing

AZoM | September 04, 2019

An Introduction to the Space Applications of Additive Manufacturing
In the early days of additive manufacturing, the technology was primarily focused on design and rapid prototyping applications. However, recent additive manufacturing is progressively being employed to create high-performance mechanical components from refractory and technical materials. This is particularly common in space and aerospace engineering, where the combination of affordability, versatility, speed, and precision make additive manufacturing a desirable choice. Its ability to print refractories in lightweight architectures makes it an appealing method, supplying high-temperature performance at a tiny proportion of the weight of traditionally fabricated refractory metal parts. This article outlines the key strengths of AM compared to conventional subtractive manufacturing, and how these are being implemented to transform the landscape of space engineering.

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