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Metal Additive Manufacturing for Satellites and Rockets

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Institute of Physics—Center for Science and Education, Silesian University of Technology, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
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Virtual Institute of Applied Research on Advanced Materials (VIARAM)
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Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Interaktion 1, 33619 Bielefeld, Germany
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Academic Editors: Ricardo Branco, Filippo Berto and Rui C. Martins
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(24), 12036; https://doi.org/10.3390/app112412036
Received: 10 November 2021 / Revised: 11 December 2021 / Accepted: 14 December 2021 / Published: 17 December 2021
The emerging technology of 3D printing can not only be used for rapid prototyping, but will also play an important role in space exploration. Additive manufactured parts can be used in diverse space applications, such as magnetic shields, heat pipes, thrusters, etc. Three-dimensional printed parts offer reduced mass, high possible complexity, and fast printability of custom-made objects. On the other hand, materials which are not excessively damaged by the harsh conditions in space and are also printable by available technologies are not abundantly available. This review gives an overview of recent metal additive manufacturing technologies and their possible applications in space, with a focus on satellites and rockets, highlighting already applied technologies and materials and gives an outlook on possible future applications and challenges. View Full-Text
Keywords: powder bed fusion; microsatellites; thrusters; structural components; space flight; aerospace; aeronautics powder bed fusion; microsatellites; thrusters; structural components; space flight; aerospace; aeronautics
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Blachowicz, T.; Ehrmann, G.; Ehrmann, A. Metal Additive Manufacturing for Satellites and Rockets. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 12036. https://doi.org/10.3390/app112412036

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