3D printing is being used in some of the most innovative ways now.
Space Systems Loral (SSL) is using 3D printing to develop satellite parts.
SSL developed 3D printed antenna tower, 37 titanium nodes, and more than 80 graphite struts that are being used on SKY Perfect JSAT’s JCSAT-110A satellite.
The company is now using the same strut-truss design methodology on other satellites it is building.
It is also putting hundreds of 3D printed titanium structural components on its satellites every year.
Similarly, Boeing Satellite Systems International is enthusiastic about additive manufacturing.