Windform 3D Printing Material Passes ESA Tests

Published: 21 Sep 2015 | Author: Caroline Rees
Windform 3D-Printed CubeSat

Windform 3D-Printed CubeSat

The CRP Group, specialists in technical materials for 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing, have announced that Windform XT 2.0 has passed ESA screening outgassing tests in accordance with ESA TEC-QTE 7171 (based on ECSS-Q-ST-70-02C).

Metallized coated and uncoated samples of Windform XT 2.0 have been tested in the μVCM facility of the TEC-QTE laboratory at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands. The ESA outgassing tests can be considered passed for both coated and not-coated samples and they respond to the general outgassing criteria based upon the micro-VCM test (as defined by ECSS-Q-ST-70-02C). The general requirement for materials screening outgassing is RML<1.0% and CVCM < 0.1%.

The development of Windform materials has helped to advance additive technologies, and now allows for new and custom-made solutions for the space industry which were previously impossible to implement with traditional manufacturing methods.

Windform Additive Manufacturing is suitable for a number of applications in which a highly durable material is required; the polyamide-based material can also be processed with high precision CNC machining.

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