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Lexington, Kentucky-based Space Tango is aiming to launch an autonomous robotic orbital platform by the mid-2020s. The platform, called ST-42, is designed for scalable manufacturing in space and will leverage the unique environment of microgravity to produce high-value products across multiple industries – from patient therapeutics to advanced technology products. ST-42 is an extension of International Space Station (ISS) capabilities, and NASA's creation of a robust commercial marketplace in low Earth orbit (LEO).
GKN Aerospace, COMAC subsidiary Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC), and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC International) are establishing a joint venture based in China to manufacture advanced aerostructures for the civil aerospace market, with production scheduled to begin in late 2021 in a new state-of-the-art facility in a location yet to be determined.
As aircraft become larger, lighter, and increasing more sophisticated, so do their components and parts. Follow that logic, and part manufacturing must also become more powerful and advanced. In the case of aluminum and titanium press-forged parts – like cockpit window frames, wing to fuselage fittings, various bulkheads, supports, and fuselage keel chords – this means higher press force.
Stratasys (Nasdaq:SSYS) in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is developing a new additive manufacturing (AM) platform for short-run metal applications based on Stratasys’ Layered Powder Metallurgy (LPM) technology, designed to make production of metal parts faster, easier, and more cost-effective, with the goal of helping customers pioneer a new era in additive manufacturing for production-grade metal parts, officials say.
The advanced platform combines the value of additive manufacturing with short-run metal parts production, and is intended to disrupt conventional manufacturing approaches – driving improved efficiency and cost savings using standard powder metallurgy (PM) alloys, mechanical properties with high accuracy and controlled shrinkage, and fast throughput.