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    Advancements in Materials Applications and Rapid Prototyping


    The topics to be addressed include advancements in materials applications and novel technical concepts in the rapid prototyping of space systems. Continuous improvements in materials and structural concepts are always needed to achieve extremely demanding goals in performance, reliability, and affordability of space components, especially in terms of greater accuracy/dimensional stability, longer life, greater survivability to both natural and threat environments, and producibility capability for high volume production. Different rapid prototyping processes are currently used for different materials in the fabrication of metal, ceramic, and plastic parts. However, as very new technique, the Additive Manufacturing is strongly emerging due to the capability of optimization of structural parts for space applications as it concerns to weight reduction, improvement of mechanical properties and reduction of development and lead times as well as the reduction of costs. Furthermore AM processes make three-dimensional parts directly from CAD models by adding materials layer by layer.

    IPC members
    • Co-Chair: Dr. Giuliano Marino, CIRA Italian Aerospace Research Centre, Italy;

    • Co-Chair: Dr. Behnam Ashrafi, National Research Council, Canada;

    • Rapporteur: Mr. James Tucker, Southern Research Institute, United States;