Qualification Campaign for FDM of Metals & Ceramics with ESA

We are happy to announce that – together with ESA’s research and technology center (ESTEC) in the Netherlands – we will be conducting the FIRST-EVER test campaign for the qualification of FDM of metals and ceramics  by the agency.

The campaign will focus on establishing norms and standards for the FDM of metals and ceramics, and on generating extensive data on the properties of the manufactured specimens through destructive as well as non-destructive testing.

Together with the Material Experts from ESTEC, we have identified the following materials for this first-of-its-kind test campaign:

  • Metal
    • Stainless Steel (316L)
    • Titanium (Ti6Al4V)
  • Ceramic
    • Silicon Carbide (SiC)
    • Aluminium oxide (Al2O3)

The data generated will be used to design the next-generation of high performance functional parts for both Space and Earth, and we are grateful to ESA  for opening the doors to its well-equipped facilities (probably an understatement!)  to help us commercialize the technology. 

Stay tuned, more updates and cool pictures to follow!