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Sidus Space, Inc., which is known for its hardware and satellite manufacturing, has introduced their own Multi-Material 3D Printing Division. The company has achieved a major leap in structural support component manufacturing by utilizing MarkForged X7 printing systems and OnyxFRA material. This achievement is evident in the upcoming LizzieSat spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in March 2024.
OnyxFR A material, which integrates Carbon Fiber (CF), layers during 3D Printing and boasts fire-retardant qualities, surpasses traditional aluminum in strength while reducing weight significantly. This departure from conventional methods aligns with the industry’s shift towards more efficient and versatile production techniques.
Sidus Space performed comprehensive outgassing testing in accordance with 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 caters both to commercial and individual needs. It offers convenience and adaptability. Customers can choose to have parts printed and delivered or use the digital warehouse to print in-house.
“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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