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Design for an in-space 3D printer
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a space mission enablement and cost reduction technology: in-space 3D printing. Using in-space 3D printing, spacecraft can be lighter, require less launch volume and be designed solely for orbital operations. The proposed technology, which supports various thermoplastics and prospectively metals, is presented in detail. Key subsystems such as the energy collection system, the melting unit, and the printing unit are explained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9838, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IX, 98380V (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223536
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Thomas McGuire, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael Hirsch, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael Parsons, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Skye Leake, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Jeremy Straub, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9838:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IX
Khanh D. Pham; Genshe Chen, Editor(s)

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