3D printing in space - possible with start-up alumni DCubeD

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Today, components for satellites and spacecraft are transported costly and ineffectively into space by launch vehicles. In a world premiere, a research team from HM Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences used a 3D printer in a research rocket to automatically print a structure in open space. more in the exciting video.

The results of the team around Prof. Dr. Markus Pietras, head of the master's program in aerospace engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical, Automotive and Aircraft Engineering, are promising.

The technology developed at HM in collaboration with ESA and industrial partners for space manufacturing with UV-curing polymers is highly energy-efficient. The future application is in the production of large structures directly in space, so that the costly transport of parts by rocket to satellites or spacecraft is no longer necessary. Solar parks that collect sunlight and transfer energy to Earth, large antennas for Earth observation or support for the construction of space stations are also conceivable. Apart from the economic aspects, the technology expands the possibilities for space exploration.

As part of the research project, PhD student Michael Kringer is working on his doctorate at Munich University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich on the topic of "In-space manufacturing of external satellite structures by direct extrusion of uv-curing polymers".

Project support: ESA, Deployables Cubed GmbH, Delo GmbH Thanks to: DLR, SSC Image sources: European Space Agency - ESA, NASA, DLR, MORABA, SSC, Novespace Production: Wolfram Schlenker, Eduard Krasnov Munich University of Applied Sciences As a start-up alumni, DcubeD was supported by SCE Gründungsförderung.

Other exciting research topics at Munich University of Applied Sciences: https://www.hm.edu/forschung/Forschun...

Website of DcubD: https: //dcubed.space/