|About this Abstract
||2018 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Additive Manufacturing: Building the Pathway towards Process and Material Qualification
||A-23: Additive Manufacturing on Satellites: Current State, Future Applications, Gaps and Needs, and Transition Strategies
||Ben Jafek, Alexander Jafek
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Additive manufacturing (AM) is the process of making 3D structures by joining materials, usually layer by layer. Generally, advantages of additive manufacturing include a reduction in cost, lead time, and weight as well as an increased capacity for design complexity especially in low-volume applications. Due to these benefits, AM has been explored as a tool for creating space hardware for launch vehicles, satellites, and human exploration assistance. This study will focus on satellites where the challenges of prolonged exposure to the space environment have limited its adoption. This study catalogs projects that have successfully used AM technology in on-orbit applications. It also explores future application of AM by exploring both technologies that have been demonstrated on CubeSat units and those that have been qualified in the terrestrial environment. Based on this compilation, gaps and needs in the technological adoption process are identified and recommendations are made for adoption acceleration. Finally, strategies for transition towards AM are given to provide direction for satellite manufacturers and consumers.
||Planned: Supplemental Proceedings volume