The teams investigated materials, characterization, testing, modeling, and tool development, including the ability to employ reusable carbon-fiber tension ties. The tools developed show that it is possible to employ thermoplastic polymer materials fabricated using AM together with reusable and flexible high-performance carbon-fiber-based composite ties. The AM-printed part is completely recyclable. The carbon-fiber composite ties are repurposed into new structural configurations without loss in properties. The results of this project are now published by SAE International.
Studies into Additive Manufacturing for In-Space Manufacturing is a series of interconnected papers that explore:
- Lessons learned in processing of recycled thermoplastic filaments
- The criticality of process control on the print process
- The effects of orientation angles and print parameters on mechanical behavior
- Microstructural analysis
- Case studies of tools included in the spacecraft’s toolbox