Skip Navigation
Space Technology Research Grants

Digital Manufacturing of Lightweight and Efficient Structures via Reconfigurable Lattice Printing

Completed Technology Project

Project Introduction

Digital Manufacturing of Lightweight and Efficient Structures via Reconfigurable Lattice Printing
The primary focus of this proposal is to examine the development of a new method of digital materials and manufacturing process to produce sparsely filled structures using a reconfigurable lattice. The proposed work will investigate the implementation of the concept, examining questions including design, fabrication, geometry, and planning issues related to the nature of achievable structures. The approach addresses a number of shortcomings in current additive manufacturing processes, including strength of materials, efficiency of material usage, energy-efficiency of the process, and reusability/reconfigurability of the base materials – all of which will lead to improved efficiency and facilitation of fabricating spatial structures, especially in remote locations where mass/volume of payloads is at a premium. More »

Anticipated Benefits

Primary U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

Project Library

Share this Project

Organizational Responsibility

Project Management

Project Duration

Technology Maturity (TRL)

Technology Areas

Target Destination

^