TuPOD, the 3D printed satellite of CRP USA
CRP USA just unveiled its 3D printed satellite, TuPOD, a milestone for the satellite industry.
Indeed, TuPOD sets the stage for an era of reduced size, high reliability, 3D printed satellites. The satellite requires ground breaking carbon fiber reinforced composite material Windform®XT 2.0 supplied by CRP USA.
With its superior mechanical properties, Windform® XT 2.0 went through outgassing screening at NASA in order to fill up requirements for space applications.
“Using Windform® XT 2.0 material in the 3D manufacturing of TuPOD was one of the best decisions we have ever made,” commented Amin Djamshidpour, designer of TuPOD. “During the prototyping phase and even during final manufacturing, we got into multiple situations where we needed to drill parts or make small modifications to the 3D printed structure, working with Windform®XT 2.0 gave us the ability to do so.”
Companies involved in the manufacturing of TuPOD
Educational institution, “Escola Municipal Presidente Tancredo de Almeida Neves” (Brazil) and INPE developed the concept for TANCREDO-1 , a TubeSat contained in TuPOD whereas OSNSAT was achieved by Open Space Network, a Californian company.
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