2022-07-21 | NYSE:DDD | Press release

  • 3D Systems’ Application Innovation Group assisted in process development, bridge production and technology transfer of additively fabricated radio frequency (RF) patch antennas for small satellite applications
  • Delivery of DMP Flex 350 enables Fleet Space Technologies to in-house antenna production for the Alpha 140 satellite constellation

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, July 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, 3D systems (NYSE: DDD) announced a new collaboration with Fleet Space Technologies that has led to the production of innovative RF patch antennas for use on their constellation of Alpha satellites. The combination of Fleet Space Technologies’ unique design coupled with the expertise of 3D Systems’ Application Innovation Group (AIG) allowed them to design a complete additive manufacturing solution – which includes process development and bridge production on its DMP Flex 350 – allowing companies to move from existing Fleet Space RF patch design to small batch production in just three weeks. Fleet Space Technologies is commissioning a DMP Flex 350 printer at its headquarters in Beverley, Adelaide, enabling the company to in-house production of its patch antennas. The printer will be used to create RF patch antennas for each of the Alpha satellites operating in a Low Earth Orbit constellation as part of Fleet Space Technologies’ ExoSphere initiative for mining exploration with minimal environmental impact.

Fleet Space Technologies’ The engineering team designed the antenna to meet size, weight, and performance requirements while minimizing the need for post-processing. The team knew that the only way to achieve the geometry of this patch antenna design was through additive manufacturing. 3D Systems AIG has developed printing processes to produce the antenna for its DMP Flex 350 printer in two different materials: LaserForm AlSi10Mg and Al6061-RAM2. The unique vacuum chamber architecture of the DMP Flex 350, which maintains a low oxygen environment (® software that supports every step of the additive manufacturing workflow, from design to post-processing, to quickly and efficiently go from a 3D model to successfully printed parts. The team is able to achieve rapid and cost-effective production of 55 RF patch antennas per build on the DMP Flex 350. Having the DMP Flex 350 solution on site will also provide Fleet Space Technologies with the ability to additively manufacture structural components which were not available before.

“Our work with Fleet Space Technologies is another example of how 3D Systems helps our aerospace customers accelerate innovation and reduce risk in developing their additive manufacturing applications,” ” said Dr. Michael Shepard, vice president, aerospace and defense segment, 3D Systems. “We achieve this by partnering with our customers to provide an application solution with the hardware, materials, software and services tailored to their needs. In this case, we’ve been able to help Fleet Space Technologies set up a qualified production process for their in-house satellite hardware in a very short time.”

Fleet’s Alpha Constellation represents a significant leap forward in our mission to unlock the potential of truly global connectivity, creating global advantages for applications such as making the search for critical minerals more sustainable and viable,” said Flavia Tata Nardini, founder and CEO of Fleet Space Technologies. “To achieve this, we are constantly striving to find other ways to manufacture our technology to deliver exceptional quality at scale and in an economically viable way. With 3D Systems’ AIG, we are unlocking the remarkable potential of additive manufacturing at our world-class factory in Adelaide, South Australia. This technology will enable our employees to create the production processes that will realize Fleet’s ambition to launch more than 140 satellites into low Earth orbit in the Alpha constellation.”

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About 3D Systems

Over 30 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, we bring innovation, performance and reliability to every interaction – enabling our customers to create products and business models never before possible. Through our unique offering of hardware, software, materials and services, each application-specific solution is powered by the expertise of our application engineers who work with customers to transform the way they deliver their products and services. 3D systems’ cater to a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace and defense, automotive and durable goods. More information about the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

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