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TPU started to make a mock-up of a space 3D printer

© с сайта Томского политехаTPU started to make a mock-up of a space 3D printer

TOMSK, May 19 – RIA Tomsk. Scientists 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.

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 for it.

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.

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