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Rapid Manufacturing of High Power Electric Propulsion Components

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Rapid Manufacturing of High Power Electric Propulsion Components, Phase I
A flexible, lower cost approach to the rapid manufacture of high power electric propulsion components is desirable. Today's near-net fabrication technologies are extremely limited in terms of design flexibility due to reduction-based fabrication approaches. While modern additive manufacturing approaches show great promise, these still require significant development for use with higher temperature materials such as refractory metals. Considering this need for design flexibility as well as shorter development cycles, reduced costs, and minimized variance in making high power electric propulsion components, an innovative technology for rapid manufacturing that can be used with high temperature materials will be demonstrated in this work. Specifically, an additive manufacturing/metal injection molding manufacturing technology will be developed to produce a protoytpe article for a high power electric propulsion component made from a refractory alloy. More »

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