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Creating a prototype is always a challenge, but CRP USA has increased the capabilities of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing to make it easier with Windform materials.
CRP USA is ocated in the heart of NASCAR country in North Carolina, and specializes in additive manufacturing and 3D printing applications with Windform materials. CRP USA manufactures on-car and wind tunnel components for racing teams. It has taken this expertise to new heights to produce parts for the space (Satellite and CubeSat structures), entertainment and automotive industries using its proprietary Windform and additive manufacturing.CRP USA is rethinking the use of additive manufacturing with Windform materials. In 2013 Windform XT 2.0 and Windform LX 2.0 were used by Kentucky Space Center to create a CubeSat that was launched into orbit successfully. The project of the KySat-2 was carried out by CRP USA together with Kentucky Space Center and the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University. In November 2013 the CubeSat KySat-2 was launched into orbit as part of the NASA ElaNa IV mission out of Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. There were several 3d printed components on the KySat-2 made by CRP USA with Windform XT 2.0. The 3d printed parts were produced using the additive manufacturing technology Selective Laser Sintering and Windform materials. The additive manufactured process 3d printed the mounting hardware for the camera system, extensions for the separation switches, clips for holding the antennas in their stowed position, and the mounting bracket for the on board batteries. The process and the material were critical to achieve the right components for KySat-2. The material combines maximum toughness and robustness, yet produces an extremely light, final part that doesn’t impact the overall production weight of the KySat-2 unit. Utilizing the additive manufactured technology, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Windform XT 2.0 material final parts for small productions can easily replace parts that are usually produced with traditional technology, or are otherwise impossible to create. This makes Windform a material that can stretch the limits of SLS applications, even in space applications.Advantages of additive manufacturing and 3D printing with Windform materials in space
Video of the launch of KySat-2
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