Manufacturing & Prototyping

Made in Space: 3D Printing in Zero-G

NASA’s In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) project is responsible for developing the manufacturing capabilities that will provide on-demand, sustainable operations during NASA long-duration missions to destinations such as Mars. The very first step in the initial part of ISM was getting the first 3D printer into space. A 3D printer had never flown in space until the 3D Printing in Zero-G experiment was launched on SpaceX-4 on September 21, 2014. This demonstration was the first attempt to test the effects of microgravity on additive manufacturing in space. The printer was designed and built by Made in Space under a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract. Learn how NASA and Made In Space worked together to design, develop, and deploy the printer, and how they are taking the next steps to create an Additive Manufacturing Facility in space.

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Use Metal Bellows To Replace Springs

Servometer metal bellows are utilized for metallic hermetic seals, volume compensators, pressure and temperature sensors, flexible connectors, and countless other applications where quality, dependability, and long life are critical requirements. In this whitepaper, we evaluate the use of an electrodeposited metal bellows as a replacement for a metal spring in mechanical and electrical systems. The bellows offers various benefits to create a cost-effective repeatable solution.

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HAIs and Chemical Resistance

Efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) have put increasing pressure on today’s medical devices. It’s much more common than ever to see medical devices that can’t do the job—or fail prematurely—due to the effects of harsh disinfectants.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Coatings & Adhesives

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Computer Aided Design of Suspension Mechanisms

Automobile suspension mechanisms have to date been designed using two-dimensional graphic oriented methods. Computer-aided design has allowed many two-dimensional mechanisms to be designed much more accurately. However, this has not translated to suspension mechanisms because these mechanisms are not two-dimensional but instead three-dimensional.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers

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Survival of the fittest - the process control imperative

In tough times, manufacturers focus on reducing their operating costs, but may not be able to afford to spend their way out by buying more productive machinery. With that pathway closed, what are the opportunities for radically reducing costs without replacing existing machines? Where can we:

Posted in: White Papers, Machinery & Automation, Robotics

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Traceability Best Practices for Systems Engineers

Serious situations: In the middle of a project, your best customer changes a high-level business requirement. How will this change impact the system spec your engineers are working on right now? How will it impact scope for the upcoming release?

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics

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ISO 13485 - The Proposed Changes and What They Mean for You

How will the ISO 13485 revision's risk-based approach change your company's relationship with customers, suppliers + regulatory authorities? Gain an expert, clause-by-clause view into the revision's impact on partner roles, storage + distribution processes, reporting, documentation + more.

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