Metal additive, going above and beyond
The space industry is often characterized by complex parts in low volumes, making it an ideal industry to use metal additive. Now, the ready are evaluating how additive can yield benefits like increased part performance, reduced lead-times and reduced costs for space applications.
Increase payload, launch value
Lower launcher weight will ultimately allow for increased payload weight and increased value for each launch. Weight reduction can be achieved through part consolidation, the use of net-shape, weight-optimized designs, and the use of lightweight metal materials such as titanium.
Increase cost competitiveness
Additive provides opportunities to reduce cost because the need for expensive tooling is eliminated. Other benefits include the possibility to make late changes in the design and reduce unit cost, both beneficial for industries like space that utilize complex products in low volume.