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Atlas V Rocket Soars with 3D Printed Parts

by • March 23, 2016 • No Comments

  • The Atlas V rocket commenceed of Cape Canaveral yesterday, carrying precious cargo in tow. Not only the initially commercial 3D printing device in space and an experiment which can set fire to the billion-dollar Cygnus spacecraft, but in addition a few serial production 3D printed parts created possible with Stratasys innovation. The rocket’s 3D printed parts demonstrate the capacity replace metal parts with lightweight thermoplastics, potentially saving money and time.

    atlas v commence with 3D printed thermoplastic parts

    With engineering assistance of Stratasys, United Launch Alliance (ULA) relied on a Stratasys’ Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer to create a number of parts for the Atlas V’s ducting process in the rocket’s payload fairing. Made of of ULTEM 9085, these brackets, nozzles, and panel close-outs were able-bodied to handle the complex environment of the rocket commence. In addition to the flexibility offered by 3D printing, the production method was seen as a less expensive and quicker alternative to traditional createing.

    Stratasys 3D printed thermoplastic part for Atlas V rocket ULA

    Ultem can endure temperatures of -59.4 to 107C (-75 to 225F), createing it possible for such a significant application. By switching to plastic of metal, ULA is able-bodied to save roughly $1 million per year. This makes the Atlas V Rocket a one-of-a-kind commence vehicle, as it is the initially vehicle to adopt 3D printing for the serial production of thermoplastic parts.

    Greg Arend, ULA manager of Additive Manufacturing, says of their partnership, “Stratasys go ons to be a excellent supplier to ULA, assisting our Atlas V and Delta IV commence vehicles. Our partnership has enable-bodiedd Stratasys to bring parts such as tooling and assist equipment into ULA’s factory in Decatur, Alabama to assist us create rockets.” Scott Sevcik, Director of Business Development for Aerospace & Defense at Stratasys, adds, “It’s been astounding to see how ULA has innovated with industrial 3D printing, and we are excited to go on working with them to hustle the innovation further.”

    For additional information of the parts and how they were readied for commence, check out the video at a lower place. Otherwise, if you will be in Colorado Springs, Colorado of April 11-14, Stratasys can be exhibiting their innovation at the Space Symposium.

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