Axis Prototypes Prints Conceptual Model of Antenna to be Used in Low-Orbiting Satellites

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AP-MDA-2MDA, a global communications and information company, contracted the services of Axis Prototypes of Montreal to print and paint a pair of satellite antennas to be used in a mock-up presentation for a major satellite communications provider. The final working model will be manufactured primarily out of aluminum with various surface finishings tested against and optimized for its orbital environment.

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Bracket with polyurethane automotive grade paint to give metallic finish

Axis used SLA technology to print six unique parts of the prototype in various grades of polypropylene and hollowed out certain sections to optimize cost and manufacturability. Internal structures, threaded inserts and bearings were integrated in house. After the individual parts we printed within a build envelope size of 2 x 1 x 1ft. (24 x 12 x 12 in.), they were primed and painted to the client’s specifications with some parts, such as the bracket, coated with a metallic finish.By embarking on an agile manufacturing process like rapid prototyping, MDA was able to obtain a conceptual model in under three weeks, one that clearly demonstrates its fit and form characteristics and how it will be integrated with its hosting satellite.

About Axis Prototypes

Based in Montreal, Canada, Axis Prototypes provides 3d printing and rapid prototyping services to support low-cost, low-volume manufacturing operations across numerous markets, including aerospace, aeronautics, automotive, sporting and consumer goods, dental and medical, architecture, and telecommunications. Axis Prototypes operates production grade 3d printers to produce conceptual and functional prototypes from various polymer and metallic materials based on additive manufacturing technologies such SLA, DMLS, SLS, and FDM. Axis is a distributor of 3D SLA printers from Prodways, a leading 3D printer manufacturer in Europe. For more information, visit www.axisproto.com.AP-MDA-1

About MDA

MDA is a Canadian public global communications and information company offering operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide. The company’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development. For more information, visit www.mdacorporation.com.

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