Lockheed Martin Installs First 3D-Printed Part in Military Communications Satellite

Published by , April 7, 2017 11:29 am

(NewAtlas) Lockheed Martin has installed its first 3D-printed part in a military communications satellite. When the US Air Force’s sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) launches later this year, it will contain an aluminum avionics enclosure called the Remote Interface Unit, that was designed and built using 3D printing techniques.
Lockheed says that the 3D printing system allowed the company to replace multiple parts with a single 3D-printed component. This reduced design and production cycles, and Lockheed was able to make the prototype unit in 1.5 months instead of six months. Additionally, production time went from 12 hours to three hours.

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