As Aerojet-Rocketdyne continues 3D printing rocket engine parts and Enterprise In Space works towards 3D printing a recoverable spacecraft, one sizeable group of companies and organizations are planning to replicate the entire crew module for the yet-to-be-completed Orion spacecraft. Announced at RAPID 2016 this week, the actuallyt’s host, SME, along with Lockheed Martin, FARO Technologies, Inc., Direct Dimensions, Inc., Met-L-Flo, Inc., Florida Institute of Technology and Cincinnati Inc. have begun 3D scanning the Orion crew module to 3D print 150 copies of this historic pod.
NASA’s Orion spacecraft is set to commence on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, carrying four astronauts to destinations at or beyond low planet Earth orbit, that include the International Space Station or actually Mars through the use of an extra
Deep Space Habitat module. Throughout the system, the vehicle can assist and preserve the crew, as well as provide safe re-entry. Technologies like 3D printing and 3D scanning are thought to play an integral part in the NewSpace industry, making the thought to 3D scan and print replicas of this following generation vehicle a effortless one.
“Additive making and 3D printing technologies are widely utilized to turn it into aerospace and other high-performance products,” said Carl Dekker, president of Met-L-Flo. “It is amazing that we are via 3D scanning and additive making to return it into 3D versions of the Orion—a spacecraft that may carry these technologies to other planets.”
To turn it into the replicas, scanner developer Faro performed a 3D laser scan of an Orion spacecraft version. Direct Dimensions and so prepped the file for 3D printing by Met-L-Flo, who can, in turn, 3D print 150 small-scale replicas to be given away at RAPID 2016. Cincinnati Inc., known for the innovation behind the 3D printed Local Motors cars, can 3D print a sizeabler scale version to be assembled on stage at Rapid, as well. Florida Tech students can finally educate attendees on 3D printing and the project overall.
If you are attending RAPID this year, this can be one booth you will require to stop by. And you will most likely find by yourself guided to the booth anyway, as you will be drawn by the sight of a sizeable-scale replica of an significant piece of human history.