Planetary Resources Uses 3D Printing in Spacecraft Production
Planetary Resources expects that the Arkyd spacecraft will eventually be mass-produced at cost significantly lower than current spacecraft, so weight must be minimized to the greatest extent possible.
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Product Research & Development
- USE CASES
Hardware Design & Engineering Services
Planetary Resources is a space exploration company founded in 2010 in Redmond, Washington that plans to mine asteroids by 2050.
- CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
Ethernet Other frequency
The Planetary Resources design for the Arkyd 200 and 300 uses patented QuickCast patterns from 3D Systems to make the propulsion system structurally integrated with the spacecraft itself.
- DATA COLLECTED
Cost Of Goods Sold, Design Library, Parts and material pricing, Precision, Weight
- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [Efficiency Improvement - Quality Assurance]
3D printing enables a level of precision and integration that is unattainable with traditional manufacturing techniques.
Impact #2 [Cost Reduction - Operation]
Total cost of ownership of equipment operations is minimized through the use of highly efficient, organic 3D-printed designs.
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