NASA Develops 3D Printed Metal Fabric

NASA has developed a metallic space fabric using 3D printed technique. The fabric appears like a fusion of metallic tiles and chain mail could also help scientists create a shield to protect spacecraft from meteorites. The prototype of the space fabric has been developed by a team of NASA scientists led by Raul Polit-Casillas, a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The main features of this material are its tensile strength, passive heat management, reflectivity, and foldability. The fabric, having tiny silver squares joined, can reflect and absorb light from its opposite sides. It can be folded in a variety of ways and can attain different shapes. Researchers believe this property of the material could allow its use in making big antennas and other deployable devices that would change shape quickly. Scientists are also optimistic about its potential use in icy moons like Jupiter’s Europa to insulate the spacecraft, and to create flexible foot pads for landers and rovers to provide them firm footing on uneven terrain without melting the ice under their “feet.”

Devendra Kundaliya D. Kundaliya Follow Following. “NASA Develops a Metallic Space Fabric Using 3-D Printed Technique.” Blasting News. N.p., 20 Apr. 2017. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.

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