Sidus Space Launches Multimaterial 3D Printing Division

The company’s expertise now expands beyond traditional hardware and satellite manufacturing.

The company’s expertise now expands beyond traditional hardware and satellite manufacturing.

Sidus Space, a space and data-as-a-service company, has achieved another milestone by introducing its multimaterial 3D printing division. The company’s expertise expands beyond traditional hardware and satellite manufacturing, now offering engineering and advanced 3D printing services.

The company used MarkForged X7 printers and OnyxFR-A material to manufacture structural support components in its LizzieSat satellite, scheduled to launch on Transporter 10 no earlier than March 2024. This material, reinforced with carbon fiber (CF) layers during the 3D printing process and featuring fire-retardant properties, has enabled the creation of satellite parts that surpass the strength of aluminum while reducing weight. 

To ensure adaptability to the space environment, Sidus conducted thorough outgassing tests in accordance with ASTM E595 standards. Results demonstrated impressive outcomes that proved compatibility with Space operations.

Building on the success of constructing LizzieSat with the Onyx nylon 3D printed materials, Sidus Space is extending its capabilities. The company offers a “digital warehouse” database for storing parts, allowing customers to print manufacturer-approved digital parts with ease. The service accommodates single or multiple units for personal use, and customers can opt to have their parts printed and delivered directly or have their clients print from Sidus Space’s digital warehouse of 3D models.

The multimaterial 3D Printing Division specializes in composite materials, including Nylon Onyx, Onyx FR-A, Carbon Fiber (CF), Fiberglass, and Kevlar. Additionally, the company offers 3D printing in PLA and TPU materials.

“This strategic move not only showcases our commitment to innovation but also establishes another revenue stream for Sidus Space, further solidifying our position as pioneers in the space and advanced manufacturing sectors,” says Carol Craig, CEO and founder of Sidus Space.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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