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General Discussion => Advanced Concepts => Topic started by: Asteroza on 05/31/2022 11:23 pm

Title: Mitsubishi space 3D UV resin printer for antennas
Post by: Asteroza on 05/31/2022 11:23 pm
So Mitsubishi is getting into the space 3D printing game, with a UV cured resin based printer, which appears to be intended for reflector antennas?

https://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news/2022/0517.html (https://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news/2022/0517.html)

Looks like the sample design is for a 3U cubesat to build a big reflector antenna. Do they dope the resin to increase reflectivity?
Title: Re: Mitsubishi space 3D UV resin printer for antennas
Post by: Genial Precis on 06/02/2022 03:31 pm
IDK, but one obvious solution would be to coat the antenna in aluminum or something as it's printed. Or more likely have the coating head run a little inward of the printing head.