AIMIS FYT1

AIMIS-FYT

New Approaches for In-Space-Manufacturing.

AIMIS-FYT

We are eight aerospace engineering students of the University of Applied Sciences Munich. AIMIS stands for Additive Manufacturing In Space. Our project aims to demonstrate a 3D-printing process through which structures for solar panels, antennas or any other installation can be created directly in space. The team works with a printing method in which photoreactive resin is extruded and cured by UV-Light.
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FlyYourThesis2020!

To validate our 3D-print technology we take part on the FlyYourThesis2020! programme. With this programme the European Space Agency (ESA) gives university students the opportunity to perform experiments under microgravity conditions.

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Experiment

During the parabolic flight campaign eight experiments will be performed to investigate the 3D-printing process under microgravity conditions. Our experiments are divided into different basic operation types where straight rods, connections of rods or free-form rods are created. For the first six operation types a conventional printing plate will be used as starting point for the print.
In the last two experiments the behaviour of printing free floating rods will be observed. The main parameters of the printing process are extrusion speed of the resin, UV-light intensity, UV-light time and trajectory of the printer. The number of parabolas enables each experiment to be repeated several times with different parameter settings.

Motivation

The current way of transporting devices to space is quite inefficient as the structural parts are primarily designed to withstand the high loads during the launch phase of a spacecraft. However, for the later operational lifetime these structures are oversized. Due to high costs and limited space on a launch vehicle a 3D-printing process in space offers the possibility to be a more cost-effective solution.

FlyYourThesis2020!

To validate our 3D-print technology we take part on the FlyYourThesis2020! programme. With this programme the European Space Agency (ESA) gives university students the opportunity to perform experiments under microgravity conditions.

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