CoorsTek will build a $120 million research-and-development and manufacturing facility in Golden, the technical ceramics maker announced Monday.
The Center for Advanced Materials will consolidate and expand existing functions spread out among different facilities in Golden, a company spokesman said.
Your car's bumper is probably made of a moldable thermoplastic polymer called ABS, shorthand for its acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene components. Light, strong and tough, it is also the stuff of ventilation pipes, protective headgear, kitchen appliances, Lego bricks and many other consumer products. Useful as it is, one of its drawbacks is that it is made using chemicals derived from petroleum.
Just last week, Infocast presented the webinar, On-Orbit Manufacturing a precursor to April’s upcoming Space 2.0 Summit. Aimed at drawing in those companies that mistakenly think business in space is "not for them," the webinar made a clear case for why now is the time to get involved in orbital R&D and space-based manufacturing.
On March 1, 2016, a model of NASA’s new crew-rated spacecraft, Orion, had some rather special images taken of it this past week. The vehicle was scanned; the images from which will be used to produce replicas of the new vehicle. The model that was used is located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Start with a machine called Bertha pumping out 100 pounds of carbon fiber-infused plastic an hour, add vacuum insulation, and pair it with a 3D-printed car that provides a wireless charge.
California’s space technology company Made In Space, currently preparing their second zero gravity 3D printer called the Additive Manufacturing Facility for the International Space Station, will be playing a key role in a NASA project that could completely revolutionize manufacturing in space. They will be partnering with Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering Space Systems on Archinaut, a 3D printer capable of working in the vacuum of space that will be equipped with a robotic arm. Archinaut is scheduled to be installed on an external space station pod and will be capable of in-orbit additive manufacturing, the fabrication and assembly of communications satellite reflectors or the repair on in-orbit structures and machinery.