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NASA’s Orion spacecraft features more than 100 high performance 3D-printed parts

NASA’s Orion spacecraft features more than 100 high performance 3D-printed parts

The 3D printing has already made its way onto extraterrestrial objects and now 3D-printing legend Stratasys is teaming with Lockheed Martin(American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company with worldwide interests) to create parts for the OrionD spacecraft.

The parts, the company is quick to explain, are more than just prototyping. More than 100 3D-printed parts will make it onto the craft, the next generation of manned spacecraft, which is destined first for the moon, and later Mars. The pieces will be printed ESD Antero, a variety of thermoplastic designed to withstand the extreme heat of space travel.

“The demands of space travel require extremely high performance materials and the most rigorous manufacturing processes in the industry,” Stratasys SVP Scott Sevcik said in a release tied to the announcement. “Part integrity and repeatability are essential and must pass NASA’s demanding testing and validation process.”

An initial flight, which will include a 3D-printed hatch door, will fly uninhabited beyond the moon over the course of three weeks. Astronauts will crew the ship for a followup, which will find them traveling near the moon for the first time since 1972 — a dozen or so years before 3D-printing technology was first patented. If all goes according to plan, Orion will eventually take a human crew to Mars.

Credits: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/17/nasa-orion-spacecraft-contains-more-than-100-3d-printed-parts/

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