3D Printing Saving Satellite Builders Time and Money

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July 17, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: July 17 on

Satellite manufacturers are turning increasingly to additive manufacturing to reduce the cost and time required to design and build spacecraft.

Space Systems Loral announced March 7 that its most complex additively manufactured part, an antenna tower with 37 printed titanium nodes and more than 80 graphite struts, is performing as intended in orbit on SKY Perfect JSAT’s JCSAT-110A satellite launched in December.

“Our advanced antenna tower structures enable us to build high-performance satellites that would not be possible without tools such as 3D printing,” Matteo Genna, chief technology officer and vice president of product strategy and development at SSL, said in SSL’s announcement.

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