Sidus Space, a multi-faceted space and data-as-a-service company, has reached another milestone with the launch of its multi-material 3D printing division. The company’s expertise extends beyond traditional hardware and satellite manufacturing to offer engineering and advanced 3D printing services.
The company is using MarkForged X7 printers and OnyxFR-A material to produce structural components for its LizzieSatTM satellite, which is not scheduled for launch on Transporter 10 until March 2024. This material, which is reinforced with carbon fiber (CF) in the 3D printing process and has fire-retardant properties, enables the creation of satellite parts that are stronger than aluminum while significantly reducing weight.
To ensure adaptability to the space environment, Sidus conducted extensive outgassing tests in accordance with ASTM E595 standards. The results showed impressive results confirming compatibility with space operations.
Building on the success of building the LizzieSatTM with Onyx nylon 3D printing materials, Sidus Space is expanding its capabilities for the wider market. The company offers a unique ‘digital stock’ database for storing parts, allowing customers to easily print manufacturer-approved digital parts. The service enables the printing of single or multiple units for personal use, and customers can choose to have their parts printed and delivered directly or have them printed from Sidus Space’s digital warehouse of 3D models.
The multi-material 3D printing division specializes in composite materials, including Nylon Onyx, Onyx FR-A, Carbon Fiber (CF), Fiberglass and Kevlar. In addition, the company offers 3D printing in PLA and TPU materials.
“Expanding our services to include Multi-Material 3D Printing is a natural progression for Sidus Space. We are excited to offer our advanced capabilities to a wider audience, providing innovative solutions for various industries,” said Carol Craig, CEO and Founder of Sidus Space. “This strategic move not only showcases our commitment to innovation but also establishes another revenue stream for Sidus Space, further solidifying our position as pioneers in the space and advanced manufacturing sectors.”