Additive Manufactured Parts

Additive manufactured parts, also known as ALM (additive layer manufacturing) and 3D printing, have the tremendous potential to radically improve performance characteristics of any part. Even more interesting are the possibilities to integrate additional functions into parts, that are not possible with classical subtractive manufacturing technologies.

Space Structures unleashes this potential! We are well familiar with the different AM technologies for metal as well as plastic parts, in particular:

  • SLS/SLM and DMLS/DMLM (Selective Laser Sintering/Melting, Direct Metal Laser Sintering/Melting) for aluminium and stainless steel parts
  • EBM (Electron Beam Melting) for titanium parts
  • FFF/FDM, SLA, SLS and Polyjet (Fused Filament Fabrication, Fused Deposition Moulding, StereoLithogrAphy and Polyjet) for plastic parts (high performance plastics like PEEK, ULTEM or short fibre reinforced versions thereof.

Based on these technologies we design:

  • Topology optimised lightweight structures
  • High vibration damping structures
  • Structures with integrated functions (e.g. thermal)
  • Cost-reduction lightweight structures

A strong emphasis is put on design for manufacturing. It does not make sense to try and 3D print, without any changes, a previously machined part. Such part has to be re-designed taking into account the boundary conditions and possibilities of the AM technologies.

In addition, surface post-processing is a very important aspect, as the surfaces on AM parts typically have a high roughness. Space Structures uses different post-machining and polishing processes to give your part the required surface quality. Additional surface coatings, e.g. for thermal or optical reasons, are also available.

Space Structures strategy is to always employ the best manufacturing technology for the given design task - thus Space Structures is working in partnership with many specialist manufacturers and operates in-house several high performance polymer printers (FFF/FDM and SLA technology) in order to provide our customers the best possible solution.

Space Structures' 3D printers at work.

Topology optimised metal parts.