Space Tech Innovator Agile Space Industries Acquires Tronix3D
Acquisition enables Agile to accelerate speed and quality across the aerospace supply chain, and continue to develop IP around metal 3D printing.
June 18, 2021
Agile Space Industries, innovator of space propulsion technologies, has acquired metal 3D printing company Tronix3D, a company focused on additive manufacturing. The newly integrated entity will be rebranded as Agile Additive. The acquisition accelerates Agile's development, design and delivery of complex, high-performance aerospace components to transform how space companies execute their demanding missions.
Agile Space Industries' sophisticated propulsion engines get spacecraft where they need to go, from moon landings to deep space exploration. With the acquisition of Tronix3D, Agile extends its capabilities across the aerospace supply chain to drive faster delivery and enhanced technical assurance of its propulsion products. Agile Additive will also continue to develop and expand its intellectual property around 3D printing of exotic metal alloys to support innovation in a wide range of industries.
“Having worked with Tronix3D as a supplier, we were continually impressed with their ability to develop new proprietary processes for working with these very challenging materials and geometries of our next generation space propulsion systems. We realized that if we integrated these competencies internally at Agile, it would further accelerate the innovation, quality and timeliness of the products that we deliver to our clients,” says Jeffrey Max, CEO of Agile Space Industries.
Agile has long been trusted by NASA, the DoD, Northrop Grumman and other global aerospace leaders for its advanced propulsion technologies. The company was recently selected to provide the thrusters for Astrobotic's 2023 NASA lunar mission, which will use a SpaceX rocket. Through the acquisition, Agile will continue to deliver aerospace technologies that allow spacecraft to be lighter and faster to withstand extreme temperatures, fly farther and last longer.
“Parts that used to be complex or even impossible to manufacture are now achievable because of our advancements in 3D printing of novel alloys. For Agile Space Industries and the aerospace industry at large, our innovations across materials, unique build geometries, and in situ print monitoring will allow us to deliver the intricate and structurally sound parts,” says Buck Helfferich, president of Agile Additive.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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