3d printed satellite parts

One of the World’s Heaviest Satellites was Produced Using 3D Printing

On July 22nd, the heaviest commercial satellite ever launched was sent into space. Weighing in at more than 7,000 kilograms. Telstar 19 Vantage was built by spacecraft manufacturer SSL for Canadian operator…

Lockheed Martin 3D Prints Large Titanium Domes for Satellite Fuel Tanks

Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin has made many significant contributions to its industry through the use of 3D printing, from propulsion tanks and spacecraft parts to missile components…

Innovative TubeSats Deployer 3D Printed Using Windform XT 2.0

We know they are up there. Sending signals, collecting information. Put into space by powerful entities, using the latest technology. I’m talking, of course, about satellites. But before you go…

Russian Cosmonauts Deploy Satellite with 3D Printed Casing During Livestreamed Spacewalk

We bring you news from the International Space Station (ISS) today, as two Russian cosmonauts stepped into outer space this morning to begin a planned six-hour spacewalk, also known as…

The R&D Tax Credit Aspects of 3D Printed Telecommunications

Telecommunications is defined as the transfer of information over long distances via some electronic form, including phones, microwave communications, fiber optics, satellites, radio and TV broadcasting, and the internet. Over…

Thales Alenia Space Thinks Big with Plans for Larger 3D Printed Satellite Components

So many 3D printed or partially 3D printed satellites have been launched into space at this time, it’s hard to believe it’s only been two years since the first one…

Thanks to a Group Effort, 3D Printed Satellite Bracket Will Soon Go to Space

3D printing technology has really changed the face of manufacturing for many applications and sectors, including outer space. Canada’s premier additive manufacturing network, Canada Makes, recently teamed up with 3D…

Space Systems Loral Launches a New Satellite and a New Era of Manufacturing With Partially 3D Printed JCSAT-110A

JCSAT-110A, formerly known as JCSAT-15, was launched into space in December 2016 at the request of Japan’s SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, a leading satellite operator responsible for most of the…

Amid an Increasingly Competitive Market, Boeing Turns to 3D Printing for Satellite Production

Boeing has been on board with 3D printing for quite some time now. While numerous aerospace companies have been embracing the technology, Boeing is one of the more creative –…

North Dakota’s OpenOrbiter Project Creates CubeSat Equipped With 3D Printed Experiment

As the global space industry continues to expand at a rapid rate, 3D printing technology has clearly become a vital production tool for the future of our otherworldly ventures. Whether…

Aerojet Rocketdyne to Mature 3D Printed MPS-130 CubeSat Propulsion System for NASA

“We didn’t invent 3D printing, but we sure are making it better.” – Aerojet Rocketdyne   Next to the medical field, as we follow the significant impacts 3D printing is…

3D Printed CubeSat Among 50 Satellites to Be Launched into the Thermosphere This December

At the top of my bucket list is finally seeing the Northern Lights. Although auroras very occasionally make an appearance where I live, they’re a rarity, and I’ve missed them…

Thales Alenia Space Looks to Space with Large Qualified 3D Printed Satellite Components and a New Collaboration

One thing that’s exciting about working in an industry as new and fast-growing as 3D printing is that we’re constantly seeing firsts. First 3D printed glasses, first 3D printed heel…

NASA’s ICESat-2 To Feature 3D Printed Bracket Supporting ATLAS for Measuring Ice Sheets

It’s not unlikely in most cases today that when we hear the words firsts and technology—3D printing is usually right around the corner, if not front and center, in the…

NSS Enterprise: 3D Printed Satellite Engineered by Made In Space & EIS Will Carry Student Experiments

For most of us, it’s incomprehensible how a project like getting to space even begins–from designing and making the actual ship, to manpower, to overall dynamics and intricate planning. And…

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

MDA, 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…

SWISSto12 & ESA Partner to Continue Development of Lightweight 3D Printed Satellite Antennas

As with most new highly progressive technologies that seem to leap onto the scene out of nowhere, lighting the world afire with new products, materials, and inventions–it takes a while for them…

Lockheed Martin Hopes to 3D Print Titanium Spacecraft Fuel Tanks In-House

In the Sciaky additive manufacturing process, the hemispherical halves of tanks are built layer by layer as spools of titanium wire spin and provide material. As a result of using the…

SpaceX Launches First-ever Turkmenistan Satellite into Orbit, Bears 3D Printed Strut

The true generosity of Turkmenistan toward their people in terms of launching a new satellite system for ‘helping’ with entertainment and news is rather dubious, coming from a draconian isolationist government that…

Eurostar E3000 Satellite Project Features First Space-Qualified 3D Printed Aluminum Part

The Eurostar E3000 is a generic satellite model often used for commercial and military communications. Manufactured by Astrium, the system uses a bi-propellant chemical propulsion system and an optional plasma…