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Consideration of materials for creating 3D printed space sensors and systems
Author(s): Jacob Reimers; Jeremy Straub
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Paper Abstract

Three-dimensional printing (also known as additive manufacturing) in space is a practical solution to reducing the mass and volume required for bringing materials into orbit and beyond. Materials can be launched in their raw form and transformed into the requisite parts and structures, as needed. This provides flexibility, allows structures to be designed to only support microgravity and allows sensing systems to be configured (and reconfigured) based on needs identified during the mission. This paper presents work undertaken to identify materials that are well-suited to in-space 3D printing. Materials commonly used for aerospace hardware were examined to assess their suitability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10196, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications X, 101960I (5 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2263631
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Jacob Reimers, North Dakota State Univ. (United States)
Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10196:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications X
Khanh D. Pham; Genshe Chen, Editor(s)

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