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

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 Telesat, along with Telstar 18 Vantage, which was launched on September 10th. The two will orbit 36,000 kilometers above Earth and deliver high speed communications […]

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 Telesat, along with Telstar 18 Vantage, which was launched on...
3Ding and Student Team 3D Print a Very Light Satellite

3Ding and Student Team 3D Print a Very Light Satellite

It doesn’t take fancy equipment to build a satellite anymore. Small companies, schools and even individuals armed with 3D printers are capable of creating CubeSats, small, boxlike satellites that are being more frequently launched into space carrying experiments. It doesn’t even take an expensive 3D printer. In 2015, Indian startup 3Ding introduced the $325 FabX 3D […]

It doesn’t take fancy equipment to build a satellite anymore. Small companies, schools and even individuals armed with 3D printers are capable of creating CubeSats, small, boxlike satellites that are being more frequently launched into space carrying...
Cornell University Prepares Two 3D Printed CubeSats for Launch as Part of NASA Initiative

Cornell University Prepares Two 3D Printed CubeSats for Launch as Part of NASA Initiative

There have been many great inventions over the last 50 years, and it’s hard to say what the greatest has been, but one invention that is at least up there on the list is the CubeSat. Invented in 1999 by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Stanford University’s Space Systems Development Lab, the small […]

There have been many great inventions over the last 50 years, and it’s hard to say what the greatest has been, but one invention that is at least up there on the list is the CubeSat. Invented in 1999 by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo...
Students 3D Print CubeSats in Hopes of NASA Launch

Students 3D Print CubeSats in Hopes of NASA Launch

In 2016, wildfires devastated part of the state of Tennessee, around Gatlinburg. More than a dozen people were killed, and many more were injured, while thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed. In addition to the human toll, many trees were lost from the state’s forests. Now a group of students wants to monitor those […]

In 2016, wildfires devastated part of the state of Tennessee, around Gatlinburg. More than a dozen people were killed, and many more were injured, while thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed. In addition to the human toll, many trees were lost from the...
CRP Group Prepares to Hit CES 2018 with 3D Printed Motorcycles, Drones and Satellites

CRP Group Prepares to Hit CES 2018 with 3D Printed Motorcycles, Drones and Satellites

We’ve been doing a lot of looking back at 2017 over the past few days, as the new year approaches. The coming of a new year, however, also involves a lot of looking ahead, and one of the first things to look forward to in 2018 is CES. The technological showcase is only a few […]

We’ve been doing a lot of looking back at 2017 over the past few days, as the new year approaches. The coming of a new year, however, also involves a lot of looking ahead, and one of the first things to look forward to in 2018 is CES. The technological showcase...
3D Printed MakerSat Gets Ready to Test 3D Printing Materials in Space

3D Printed MakerSat Gets Ready to Test 3D Printing Materials in Space

Last year, history was made by a group of students in Idaho who designed, 3D printed and assembled the state’s first satellite. Now, it’s finally time for that satellite to go into space. The students and teachers from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and Caldwell High School spent a tremendous amount of time and effort building MakerSat, […]

Last year, history was made by a group of students in Idaho who designed, 3D printed and assembled the state’s first satellite. Now, it’s finally time for that satellite to go into space. The students and teachers from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU)...
Airbus Used Robotics and 3D Printing Technology to Build Record-Breaking Fully Electric Satellite

Airbus Used Robotics and 3D Printing Technology to Build Record-Breaking Fully Electric Satellite

Due to the freedom of form and reduced production time, cost, and weight that 3D printing offers, many industries, including the aerospace sector, make good use of the technology in their workflows. Airbus in particular has adopted metal 3D printing to make nozzles and drilling templates, a hydraulic component, and other titanium parts for aircraft; […]

Due to the freedom of form and reduced production time, cost, and weight that 3D printing offers, many industries, including the aerospace sector, make good use of the technology in their workflows. Airbus in particular has adopted metal 3D printing to make nozzles...
Virtual Reality and 3D Printing Among Technologies to be Used at Lockheed Martin’s New $350M Satellite Production Facility

Virtual Reality and 3D Printing Among Technologies to be Used at Lockheed Martin’s New $350M Satellite Production Facility

Lockheed Martin has been pouring a lot of money into new facilities lately, both their own and others’. In July, the company invested $1 million in the first additive manufacturing facility to open in Colorado, to be established on the campus of Metropolitan State University of Denver. Now Lockheed Martin has announced that they are […]

Lockheed Martin has been pouring a lot of money into new facilities lately, both their own and others’. In July, the company invested $1 million in the first additive manufacturing facility to open in Colorado, to be established on the campus of Metropolitan...
First Commercial Space Station Set to Launch in 2020; Axiom Plans to Use It As a Manufacturing and 3D Printing Hub by 2027

First Commercial Space Station Set to Launch in 2020; Axiom Plans to Use It As a Manufacturing and 3D Printing Hub by 2027

In 2014, history was made as the SpaceX Dragon supply freighter docked with the ISS, carrying supplies and the first 3D printer in space, the Made In Space zero-gravity 3D printer. About two years later, a second Made In Space 3D printer, dubbed the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), was sent up to the ISS. But Houston-based […]

In 2014, history was made as the SpaceX Dragon supply freighter docked with the ISS, carrying supplies and the first 3D printer in space, the Made In Space zero-gravity 3D printer. About two years later, a second Made In Space 3D printer, dubbed the Additive...
University of New South Wales Sees Launch of 3D Printed CubeSat, Awaiting Confirmation That All is Working Properly

University of New South Wales Sees Launch of 3D Printed CubeSat, Awaiting Confirmation That All is Working Properly

Last week, the first Australian satellite launched in 15 years took off from the International Space Station. The CubeSat is part of the QB50 project, an initiative that involved sending a group of 36 CubeSats to the ISS, from which they are being launched into orbit for various research purposes. The international project includes satellites from 50 […]

Last week, the first Australian satellite launched in 15 years took off from the International Space Station. The CubeSat is part of the QB50 project, an initiative that involved sending a group of 36 CubeSats to the ISS, from which they are being launched into orbit...
Thales Alenia Space Thinks Big with Plans for Larger 3D Printed Satellite Components

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 was sent up. In April 2015, the Turkmen Alem MonacoSat was launched into orbit with a 3D printed antenna support manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, making history […]

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 was sent up. In April 2015, the Turkmen Alem MonacoSat was launched into orbit with a 3D...
18-Year-Old 3D Prints Lightest Satellite to Ever be Launched into Space

18-Year-Old 3D Prints Lightest Satellite to Ever be Launched into Space

Satellites are getting smaller and smaller, and 3D printing has a lot to do with that, as we’ve seen from the prevalence of 3D printed CubeSats. In further evidence that 3D printing is democratizing science as well as creation, the smallest satellite to be launched into space comes not from a research institution or government […]

Satellites are getting smaller and smaller, and 3D printing has a lot to do with that, as we’ve seen from the prevalence of 3D printed CubeSats. In further evidence that 3D printing is democratizing science as well as creation, the smallest satellite to be...
Space Systems Loral Launches a New Satellite and a New Era of Manufacturing With Partially 3D Printed JCSAT-110A

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 country’s paid broadcasting and satellite communication services. The original JCSAT-110 was getting old, so the new satellite was designed to replace it and is expected […]

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 country’s paid broadcasting and satellite communication...
Amid an Increasingly Competitive Market, Boeing Turns to 3D Printing for Satellite Production

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 – they’ve filed patent applications for the 3D printing of levitating objects and artificial ice, and recently provided an update on the 600 3D printed parts for […]

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 – they’ve filed patent applications for the 3D printing of levitating objects and...
3D Printed Russian CubeSat Will Be Placed into Orbit from the ISS This July

3D Printed Russian CubeSat Will Be Placed into Orbit from the ISS This July

There have been many big announcements and firsts when it comes to 3D printing items for space, and in space. The small but mighty TruClip was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) last June; you can now have your laugh 3D printed in space; and the Russian space agency Roscosmos is developing an experiment that would […]

There have been many big announcements and firsts when it comes to 3D printing items for space, and in space. The small but mighty TruClip was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) last June; you can now have your laugh 3D printed in space; and the Russian...
The MakerSat, Idaho’s First Satellite, is 3D Printed and Ready for Launch

The MakerSat, Idaho’s First Satellite, is 3D Printed and Ready for Launch

The development of CubeSats is something we consistently follow in the news. The small, inexpensive, cube-shaped satellites may be humble-looking, but they’re likely to bring us, in the near future, information we’ve never been able to access before. CubeSats have started a new kind of space race, as companies, universities, government agencies, and other institutions rush to […]

The development of CubeSats is something we consistently follow in the news. The small, inexpensive, cube-shaped satellites may be humble-looking, but they’re likely to bring us, in the near future, information we’ve never been able to access before....
Aerojet Rocketdyne to Mature 3D Printed MPS-130 CubeSat Propulsion System for NASA

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 making on the world, that of aerospace is right at the top of the list. While some are still confused about the actual importance of 3D […]

“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 making on the world, that of aerospace is right at the top of the list....
3D Printed CubeSat Among 50 Satellites to Be Launched into the Thermosphere This December

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 the few times they’ve shown up in Ohio in my lifetime. I’m always on the alert for news of increased solar activity, and thus increased […]

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 the few times they’ve shown up in Ohio in my lifetime. I’m always on...
Singapore Startup Uses 3D Printed Fuel to Launch Self-Made Rocket in Australia

Singapore Startup Uses 3D Printed Fuel to Launch Self-Made Rocket in Australia

The use of 3D printing technology for space exploration has grown to be quite a common occurrence. NASA has recently claimed to use specially formulated 3D printed ceramics to create their spaceships, while Made In Space and Enterprise In Space launched a project to develop an eight-foot-long, 1,000-pound 3D printed satellite. Suffice it to say, additive […]

The use of 3D printing technology for space exploration has grown to be quite a common occurrence. NASA has recently claimed to use specially formulated 3D printed ceramics to create their spaceships, while Made In Space and Enterprise In Space launched a project to...
Rosatom to Develop Russia’s First Industrial Metal 3D Printer for Nuclear Industry

Rosatom to Develop Russia’s First Industrial Metal 3D Printer for Nuclear Industry

From Sweden to the United States, a number of tech-trailblazing countries have been looking at 3D printing technology as an emerging tool for the development of parts for nuclear power plants. The nuclear energy source certainly has its perks, but is also controversial due to the potential disaster that could come from mismanagement of these power plants. […]

From Sweden to the United States, a number of tech-trailblazing countries have been looking at 3D printing technology as an emerging tool for the development of parts for nuclear power plants. The nuclear energy source certainly has its perks, but is also...
Russians Sending 3D Printed CubeSat Nanosatellite to ISS on March 31, Will Orbit for Six Months

Russians Sending 3D Printed CubeSat Nanosatellite to ISS on March 31, Will Orbit for Six Months

Although 3D printing is certainly carving out a huge place in manufacturing, research and development—and history–there are many who still don’t really understand what it does, outside of allowing for tricked out iPhone cases and egg holders. If that’s where you want to go with the technology, more power to you. We all have to […]

Although 3D printing is certainly carving out a huge place in manufacturing, research and development—and history–there are many who still don’t really understand what it does, outside of allowing for tricked out iPhone cases and egg holders. If that’s where you...
GrabCAD Challenge Looking for the Next 3D Printed CubeSat

GrabCAD Challenge Looking for the Next 3D Printed CubeSat

Okay Makers, start your engines! You’ve got until June 22 to submit an entry to the CubeSat Challenge for Aerospace Engineers and Students through GrabCAD. The CubeSat is the name given to a standard small research satellite that is built by universities, startups, and makers all over the globe. It was introduced in 1999 and […]

Okay Makers, start your engines! You’ve got until June 22 to submit an entry to the CubeSat Challenge for Aerospace Engineers and Students through GrabCAD. The CubeSat is the name given to a standard small research satellite that is built by universities,...
PrintTheBus Is Taking On the NASA CubeQuest Challenge with 3D Printed Satellite

PrintTheBus Is Taking On the NASA CubeQuest Challenge with 3D Printed Satellite

Oh yeah, 3D printing really is rocket science. At least it is if you’re Nick Lamarre, a member of PrintTheBus, a group of space enthusiasts who are set on 3D printing a small satellite built to compete in NASA’s $5 Million CubeQuest Challenge and make it all the way to the moon. “We’re printing a […]

Oh yeah, 3D printing really is rocket science. At least it is if you’re Nick Lamarre, a member of PrintTheBus, a group of space enthusiasts who are set on 3D printing a small satellite built to compete in NASA’s $5 Million CubeQuest Challenge and make it...
Swedish Company RUAG is 3D Printing Satellite Components for Space

Swedish Company RUAG is 3D Printing Satellite Components for Space

Space exploration and additive manufacturing go together like Oreos and milk. Over the last two years, we have seen an influx of companies within the aerospace industry begin adopting 3D printing as a way to cut their costs by reducing payload weights, or in a couple of cases, the actual weight of a spacecraft. Elon Musk is […]

Space exploration and additive manufacturing go together like Oreos and milk. Over the last two years, we have seen an influx of companies within the aerospace industry begin adopting 3D printing as a way to cut their costs by reducing payload weights, or in a couple...
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