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TOMSK, May 19 – RIA
of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) have begun manufacturing a mock-up of a
previously designed 3D printer for printing with composite materials aboard the
International Space Station (ISS); it is planned to complete the work by the
end of 2020, the university’s press service said on Tuesday.
Earlier it was reported
that TPU scientists in 2021 will conduct three experiments on the ISS. Firstly,
they will test a 3D printer for printing with composite materials, which allows
to create particularly durable and lightweight tools directly on board the
station. Within the framework of the second "Peresvet" experiment, a
multilayer nanocomposite coating will be applied to the ISS portholes, which
protects the glass from space debris and micrometeorites. The objective of the
third experiment – is to print 10 satellite bodies.
"The contract is
signed, we are starting to manufacture a 3D printer model. All stages are
prescribed in the experiment plan, it is planned that the mock-up should be
made by the end of 2020", – the press service quotes the director of TPU
School of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Aleksei Yakovlev.
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According to him, the model
of the 3D printer will be tested for efficiency in zero gravity conditions.
This test can be carried out on the basis of the Energia Rocket and Space
Corporation (RSC), with which TPU has concluded an agreement on the development
of scientific equipment within the framework of the space project. In parallel
with the 3D printer mock-up itself, special software is also being developed
It is noted that according
to the results of the mock-up test, the polytechnics and their colleagues will
correct the design documentation and produce a flight sample, which will go to
the ISS by the end of 2021.
Earlier it was also
reported that the "Tomsk-TPU-120" satellite – is the first spacecraft
printed on a 3D printer; in addition to TPU, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space
Corporation Energia and Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science of
Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPMS SB RAS) took part in its
creation. The satellite launched into Earth orbit on August 17, 2017.