Anisoprint, a continuous fiber 3D printing solution provider, signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nanoracks Space Outpost Europe, specialist in the commercial utilization of the International Space Station, to strengthen its position as a space technology developer and become a part of the low Earth orbit and lunar economy.
Since Anisoprint was selected for pre-incubation in ESRIC’s Startup Support Program to adjust continuous fiber 3D printing technology for microgravity conditions, the team has made great strides toward expanding the resources network. To secure demonstration and validation of CFC (continuous fiber coextrusion) technology capacities in orbit and for the deployment of 3D printing manufacturing, the Luxembourg hardware OEM signed a memorandum of understanding with Nanoracks Space Outpost Europe.
A 3D printing solution for space
Dmitrii Prokopiuk, Anisoprint Head of Space Development: “We are excited to join forces with such an experienced and well-respected in source industry partner: adjusting CFC technology for microgravity is the first step, the next is to deploy the technology in orbit together with Nanoracks Space Outpost Europe.”
In space, there is a huge demand for on-site production of parts and components:
—Customers do not want to depend on the supply of spare parts and components from the Earth.
—While the delivery from the Earth is expensive and time-consuming, there is a need to have components at hand.
3D printing solves issues and mitigates the risks
On site manufacturing minimizes delivery cost and shape limitations, it also reduces the number of delivery missions. The patented Anisoprint CFC technology creates zero waste, which is environmentally efficient and does not increase the amount of space debris. In addition, it is fully automated manufacturing that does not require manual labor.
Veronica La Regina, Director Business Development at Nanoracks Europe: “With our plans to develop orbit stations and other space facilities to serve the market needs at the best, it is getting more and more crucial – the role of these innovative in-orbit manufacturing machines. We are looking forward to experiencing the CFC 3D-printing capabilities in our portfolio.”
Anisoprint is eager to start working on the R&D team roadmap for the endeavor. Starlab, the planned LEO (Low Earth Orbit) space station designed by Nanoracks for commercial space activities.
Being a center of European space resources R&D, Luxembourg provides indispensable support to develop unique, innovative solutions that satisfy the needs of the space sector and secure the future orbital economy. In his presentation at Space Resources Week 2022, Dmitrii Prokopiuk discussed the role of CFC 3D printing for the space resources utilization.