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9th August 2018, Logan, UT

Windform materials for 3D printed space applications

TuPOD deployed by JAXA and NASA. © NASA/CRP USAFor the fourth year in a row, CRP USA, a specialist in advanced 3D printing materials and high-technology applications in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is attending the 32nd AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites (SmallSat) at Utah State University, Logan, UT, this week.

The event is held at the Taggart Student Center, and CRP USA is displaying cutting edge solutions for the space industry manufactured using the Windform family of high performance materials. Among the latest successful 3D printed space applications, SmallSat attendees can witness a unique CubeSat designed both as a CubeSat and as a dispensing system for two smaller TubeSats.

The growth of small satellites has been fuelled by the promise of shorter development cycles, lower cost, new technology, and more frequent access to space. As on-orbit results pave the way, small satellites are increasingly being considered for critical, high-value missions. These are taking the form of emerging applications with highly constrained payload requirements, new system architectures that seek operational resiliency, and numerous other user-driven conditions for availability. With affordability and responsive timelines being a classic imperative for small satellite missions, appropriate technical and programmatic approaches must match these expectations.

Developers are now seeking innovative ways to increase the odds of mission success by employing diverse design techniques, autonomy methods, and streamlined processes that help identify and mitigate potential issues. However, a balance must be found between lessons learned and new concepts that achieve mission success.

During SmallSat, it will be explored the new technologies, design methods, processes, operational constructs, and activities that inform and secure the success of small satellite missions.

CRP USA works alongside key space industry leaders. At SmallSat 2018 CRP USA and the company’s staff are demonstrating the effectiveness of additive manufacturing and use of Windform as a structural material for space applications, such as smallsats, since most of the Windform composite materials have passed outgassing tests and are qualify for space applications.

Windform materials by CRP Technology are said to provide excellent thermal and mechanical properties make them the most suitable laser sintering materials to meet the demands of the most competitive and advanced sectors. Windform composite materials guarantee high standards of flexibility, elasticity, resistance (to damage from vibration, deformation, high and low temperatures, and liquids), and have been rated HB according to the flammability UL 94 test. They were also exposed to vacuum ultraviolet radiation and did not show degradation.

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