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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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  • SUPPLIER
  • 3D Systems
    3D Systems provides advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom-designed parts. Their comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of accessories.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Aerospace
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Product Research & Development
  • USE CASES
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • SREVICES
  • Hardware Design & Engineering Services
  • ABOUT CUSTOMER
  • Planetary Resources is a space exploration company founded in 2010 in Redmond, Washington that plans to mine asteroids by 2050.
  • CUSTOMER NAME
  • Planetary Resources
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • Ethernet
    Other frequency
  • SOLUTION
  • 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.
    Impact #3
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