Additive manufacturing company, Titomic has entered into a commercial research and development agreement with RMIT University to assess the capabilities of its Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) 3D printing process to create structural satellite parts.
The research, being conducted on behalf of global aerospace and defence company Lockheed Martin, will develop parts from high-performance metals, analysing both traditional and additive manufacturing methods relative to radiation shielding within satellites.
Under this research agreement, Titomic will manufacture high-performance, metal demonstration samples for satellite parts using its TKF additive manufacturing process.
The company said the project may lead to commercial opportunities for Titomic in space and defence sectors following the successful validation of the additively manufactured demonstration satellite parts.
Titomic’s Managing Director Jeff Lang said: “As we demonstrate the unique capabilities of Titomic Kinetic Fusion for the additive manufacture of satellite structures, using high-performance metals and superalloys, we are also enabling exponentially faster production to reduce lead-times for the space industry, from months to hours, compared to traditional processes.”
RMIT University, Professor Milan Brandt, said RMIT’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing would be performing the R&D project.
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