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ESA investigates ALM for in-space satellite engines

European Space Agency investigates LayerWise ALM parts for in-space satellite engines

In collaboration with the European Space Agency, LayerWise produced injectors, combustion chambers and expansion nozzles representative of a bi-propellant communication satellite engine through Additive Layered Manufacturing (ALM). These parts enable ESA to assess ALM’s potential to further improve the manufacture of current designs. In addition, ESA and LayerWise specialists exploited ALM’s design opportunities to engineer functional separated design alternatives for the aforementioned satellite engine parts; for example a monolithic ALM combustion chamber design incorporating a thin wall pressure vessel with a supporting external structural scaffold.
With ALM, LayerWise saves weight, simplifies assembly, speeds manufacturing, and supports late-stage design adaptation. The collaboration with ESA fits in LayerWise’s strategy to offer its unique ALM know-how in support of space and aerospace manufacturing excellence.

English - ESA investigates LayerWise ALM parts for in-space satellite engines

Francais -  L’ESA évalue les pièces ALM de LayerWise pour les moteurs de satellite dans l’espace

Nederlands - ESA onderzoekt LayerWise ALM-componenten voor in-space satellietmotoren