According to Stratasys, “ULA optimizes their rockets by replacing metal components with lightweight thermoplastic parts manufactured additively. From prototypes and mock-ups to rocket launches ULA’s use of 3D printing has grown exponentially”.
3D Printing in Space: A Thermoplastic for Additive Manufacturing from Stratasys
Equipment used in space encounters extreme environment, for example, large temperature changes in short periods of time, extreme radiations, and so on. One problem encountered in space is rapid build-up of electrostatic charge. To address such conditions, Stratasys Advanced Materials has developed ESD PEKK, a thermoplastic for additive manufacturing that has electrostatic dissipative (ESD) qualities. The ESD properties combined with excellent mechanical and thermal properties makes ESD PEKK suitable for advanced electronics applications, for example, for use in space.
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