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Engineering, computing & technology : Aerospace & aeronautics engineering
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/15808
New applications of rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (RP/RM) technologies for space instrumentation
English
Rochus, Pierre mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > > CSL (Centre Spatial de Liège) - Instrumentation et expérimentation spatiales >]
Plesseria, Jean-Yves mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > > CSL (Centre Spatial de Liège) >]
van Elsen, M. [Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Division PMA, Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium]
Kruth, J.-P. [Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Division PMA, Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium]
Carrus, R. [Crif, Liege Science Park, Rue Bois Saint-Jean 12, B-4102 Seraing, Belgium]
Dormal, T. [Crif, Liege Science Park, Rue Bois Saint-Jean 12, B-4102 Seraing, Belgium]
1-Jun-2007
Acta Astronautica
Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
61
352-359
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0094-5765
Oxford
United Kingdom
[en] In the frame of a research project, CRIF, KUL and CSL have investigated the possibility to use rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (RP/RM) techniques during space instrument development. Rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing terms gather several techniques with the common baseline that parts are built layer by layer, starting from a CAD model. These techniques imply powder, paste or liquid and are applicable to polymers, ceramics and metals. In a first step, the major advantages of these techniques have been presented to Belgian industries implied in the space sector and, as a result of the discussions, development goals for the project have been identified. Several types of use have also been pointed, from demonstration mock-up to real space hardware. In parallel to technical developments, several case studies and tests have been performed. The case studies have shown that the rapid manufacturing allows complex geometries to be created. A drastic decrease of the number of separate parts and bolted junctions ease the predictability of the mechanical and thermal behaviour and limit the risk of imperfect junction. As a result of the project, a guidelines document has been issued to give as much information as possible on how to perform a space instrument design using the advantages of RP/RM techniques.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/15808
10.1016/j.actaastro.2007.01.004
http://esoads.eso.org/abs/2007AcAau..61..352R

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