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3D Printing of the Complete CubeSat

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3D Printing of the Complete CubeSat
The capability to be addressed is related to the enhanced additive manufacturing (popularly referred to as 3D printing) technology for rapid prototyping and manufacturing of small spacecraft. What sets this activity apart from normal 3D printing is that this team embeds wiring and electronic components into the walls of the printed structures. A series of test articles using common and experimental materials will be designed, built and tested for environmental and radiation characterization and protection. The resulting data will provide a best practices guide for choosing different materials to print an entire cubesat. More »

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