Thales Alenia Space and 3D Systems Prove Viability of Direct Metal Printing

3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing team delivers critical 3D printed metal satellite parts that are 25% lighter and ready in half the time of traditional production techniques

The Breakdown:

CHALLENGE

Produce Lighter-Weight Brackets for Telecommunications Satellite

Each bracket mounted on the antenna required a unique topologically optimized design for lower weight without sacrificing strength.

SOLUTION

Thales Alenia and 3D Systems Use DMP for Better Bracket

Direct-metal-printed brackets are 25-percent lighter, have a better stiffness-to-weight ratio, and can be manufactured in half the time it would take with a traditional process.

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Reigniting the F-1 Apollo Engine with Geomagic 3D Scanning Solutions

Recreating the massive F1-Apollo rocket in a complete 3D assembly took 3D scanning, Geomagic Wrap and just 4 months of work to complete

“It was evident from the start that 3D scanning and imaging were a requirement of this job.”

The Breakdown:

CHALLENGE

Reconnecting Design With As-Built for NASA’s Apollo F-1 Rocket Engine

Although some blueprints of the original F-1 engine design exist, the basic drawings that were available revealed a disconnect between the original design and as-built results.

SOLUTION

ShapeFidelity Uses Geomagic Software to Accurately Reverse Engineer the F-1

An accurate 3D model of the F-1 engine can now be used for analysis, flow path definition, clearances, and re-creation and manufacturing of the original parts using new materials.

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