Production Engineering Solutions: Engineering Materials for the Future of Space Flight

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Brandon Sweeney, head of R&D for materials and co-founder of Essentium, takes a look at the complexity of creating materials for space. Jeff Bezos dreams of building a superhighway to space, with a trillion people living in futuristic space colonies. Elon Musk hopes to create the world’s first commercial space transport service, slashing space travel prices by orders of magnitude and effortlessly shuttling people to a city on Mars.

But to make space travel a reality, these programs begin with the materials to build a spacecraft. Space companies encounter many material challenges, such as the need for weight savings, reusability, and operating in the space environment. 3D printing and materials innovation is now helping these companies overcome limitations of the past.

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