Posts in category: ‘Aerospace’

Sending 3D Printed Parts and 3D Printers into Orbit

3D printers aren’t just for applications here on earth. NASA is aggressively using 3D printing to fabricate parts used on their spacecraft.  They also sent a 3D printer into space and remotely fabricate parts from waste plastics. While we are familiar with 3D printing for manufacturing in industries such as automotive, medical, and defense, aerospace and deep space missions are finding more uses for 3D printed parts.

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Using 3D Printing to Build Structures and Self-Sufficiency in the Navy and Marine Corps

All branches of the armed forces have a watchword central to their core missions: self-sufficiency.

Because soldiers venture into some of the world’s harshest environments – foreign battlefields, or deep in the ocean aboard a ship or submarine – they often lack support from others, and from equipment and supplies to help them in a needed situation: to create structures or make repairs to an existing one.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and a Few Ships Too): Transportation 3D Models from the GrabCAD Community

With summer right around the corner, everyone is eagerly awaiting their travel plans. Whether you’re traveling by air, by land, or by sea, the GrabCAD community has a 3D model that may or may not look similar to the mode of transportation you’ll be traveling in.

In honor of the new Groups section of the GrabCAD Community, we wanted to spotlight some of our favorite 3D transportation models. If you're into automotive, aerospace, and locomotive design you can also discuss these topics on the Planes, Trains, and Automobiles group.

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Spaceports: Space Travel for the Everyman

Historically, space travel has been a reality consigned solely to highly trained astronauts. We earthlings could only catch glimpses of space through books, the internet, documentaries and Sci-fi movies. But that’s all set to change. The prospect of the everyman being able to journey into space - through commercial space travel via spaceports - is becoming increasingly tangible.

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Metal 3D Printing: Renaissance in Additive Manufacturing

Metal 3D Printing is undoubtedly the next big thing in the fast-moving realm of 3D printing.

Put simply, it’s a quick and effective process used to create three-dimensional metal parts from a digital file. Using 3D CAD technology, metal 3D printing techniques use binders, lasers and heated nozzles to create products that are robust and boast intricate internal features (channels, undercuts, inner tubes, internal voids). Components that wouldn’t have been imaginable a few years ago are now a reality due to the various industrial applications available for metal 3D printing today.

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