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CRP Technology to highlight use of Windform materials at SpaceAM 2021

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CRP Technology will be attending SpaceAM, a 2 days event dedicated to advanced materials in Space (14-15 September, Leicester, UK), as a virtual speaker, on Tuesday, September 14th. The company will highlight the successful implementation of the Polymer Powder Bed Fusion technology and the benefits of using Windform composite materials for space applications.

Advanced materials for additive manufacturing are presenting new opportunities and challenges to engineers involved in the space industry. The ever-increasing production and launch of small satellites, which nowadays represent the most significant revolution for the space sector, has made the benefits of materials more evident. CRP Technology and its US-based partner CRP USA are recognized all over the world as two of the most innovative companies in the field, collaborating with industry leaders in the creation of space-ready structural components for nanosatellites using Windform materials and professional 3D printing.

CRP Technology to highlight use of Windform materials at SpaceAM 2021
Figure 1:  TuPOD deployed © JAXA / NASA

“Additive manufacturing technologies have reached new heights with the production of structural components for the new generation of Space parts using Windform composite materials” commented Franco Cevolini, VP and CTO at CRP Technology, “We share this valuable result with CRP USA, that in the last 12 years has built up a considerable experience supplying cutting edge solutions to best-in-class space leaders based in the United States and Canada, contributing to mark new milestones in the small satellites arena.

At SpaceAM, CRP Technology will be presenting the paper: “Pioneering technological revolution in Aerospace via Additive Manufacturing and composite materials”. A CRP Technology representative will explain how the employment in space applications of Windform composite materials, originally developed for the Motorsports industry by CRP Technology in 1996, has inaugurated a new era in aerospace missions: The highlighted case studies follow the successful construction and launch of some of the most innovative 3D printed space parts and structures. These include the TuPOD, an unprecedented single-part CubeSat which is at the same time a deployer of TubeSats, the first completely 3D printed satellite launched from the ISS. Other cases will look at a 3U technological demonstrator CubeSat with 2 deployed solar panels, flight-ready in low earth orbit; Alba Orbital’s AlbaPod V2, currently the only operational, flight-proven PocketQube deployer on the market; Mini-Cubes’ Discovery, the first functional, space-ready PocketQube prototype, entirely manufactured using a Carbon-reinforced composite material, Windform® XT 2.0 – and 3D printing process.

“At SpaceAM we will be explaining how our Windform composite materials combined with Laser sintering capabilities, creates a new realm of possibilities for satellite designers to go beyond standardized requirements and limitations,” concluded Cevolini

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