Sidus Space, Inc. has ventured beyond its traditional hardware and satellite manufacturing, introducing their own Multi-Material 3D Printing Division. Leveraging MarkForged X7 printers and the OnyxFR-A material, the company has achieved a big leap in manufacturing structural support components. This achievement is prominently evident in the upcoming LizzieSat satellite, slated for launch in March 2024.
The OnyxFR-A material, integrating Carbon Fiber (CF) layers during 3D printing and boasting fire-retardant properties, surpasses the strength of traditional aluminum while significantly reducing weight. This departure from conventional methods aligns with the industry’s shift towards more efficient and versatile production techniques.
Adhering to stringent space operation standards, Sidus Space conducted comprehensive outgassing tests per ASTM E595 standards. Crucial in space environments, these tests ensure materials don’t emit harmful substances that could impact spacecraft systems. Impressively, the results underscore the material’s compatibility with space operations.
Expanding beyond the LizzieSat project, Sidus Space has introduced a “digital warehouse” concept. This database allows storing parts in a digital format, facilitating easy 3D printing of manufacturer-approved parts. The service, offering both convenience and adaptability, caters to individual and commercial needs. Customers can opt for parts printing and delivery or leverage the digital warehouse for in-house printing.
“Expanding our services to include Multi-Material 3D Printing is a natural progression for Sidus Space – we are excited to offer our advanced capabilities to a wider audience, providing innovative solutions for various industries,” said Carol Craig, CEO and Founder of Sidus Space.
“This expansion not only underscores Sidus Space’s commitment to innovation but also opens up additional revenue streams, further cementing its status as a pioneer in both the space and advanced manufacturing sectors.
Sidus Space’s Multi-Material 3D Printing Division specializes in various composite materials, including Nylon Onyx, Onyx FR-A, Carbon Fiber (CF), Fiberglass, and Kevlar, along with 3D printing in PLA and TPU. This diverse material portfolio hints at applications beyond aerospace, emphasizing the industry’s evolution towards advanced and versatile manufacturing techniques.
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