Lightweight Thermoformed Structural Components and Optics

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-29264
Published July 01, 2004 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
  • English

A technique that involves the use of thermoformed plastics has been developed to enable the design and fabrication of ultra-lightweight structural components and mirrors for use in outer space. The technique could also be used to produce items for special terrestrial uses in which minimization of weight is a primary design consideration.