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PADT + Stratasys Partner for Orion Missions

Posted on: Apr 19, 2018 | By: Lauren Witte


Tempe-based Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) and Stratasys are working with Lockheed Martin Space to print next-generation 3D parts for NASA's Orion spacecraft that will take astronauts to the moon and beyond. Key to the project are Stratasys advanced materials, including a thermoplastic with high performance mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties.

An upcoming manned flight that will travel near the moon will have on board more than 100 3D printed production parts engineered in conjunction with Stratasys, PADT and Lockheed Martin.

The production-grade 3D parts on NASA's Orion vehicle are produced at the Additive Manufacturing Lab at Lockheed Martin in conjunction with PADT, which now uses the latest in Stratasys 3D printers and materials. For example, the new advanced material Antero is ideally suited to meet NASA's requirements for heat and chemical resistance, along with the ability to withstand high mechanical loads.