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Skyrora hosts European Union Made-3D consortium meeting

To discuss additive manufacturing innovation for space applications

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Alongside a team of international experts, Skyrora Ltd. hosted the most recent meeting for the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Program’s Made-3D project at the company’s engine manufacturing facility outside of Glasgow.

The meeting brought together the project’s consortium of 13 pioneering industrial companies, universities, and research organizations in the field of additive manufacturing from across Europe to discuss how the project can increase the competitiveness of multi-material components and products for use in a wide range of applications, including the automotive, aerospace, and aeronautic sectors.

Commencing activity at the start of this year following several years of research, the Made-3D project will run for 3.5 years supported by approximately €6.7 million in funding, with the consortium meeting twice per year.

Skyrora has been awarded £500,000 through Innovate UK in association with the European Commission to contribute ground-breaking additive manufacturing innovation to the project. This funding will enable Skyrora to complete research with partners to produce a multi-material LEO rocket engine vacuum nozzle. Production will be enabled by Skyrora’s in-house hybrid 3D printer, Skyprint 2, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Skyrora hosts European Union Made-3D consortium meeting  to discuss additive manufacturing innovation for space applications
Skyrora’s Skyprint multi-metal 3D printer.

Following production, the optimized nozzle prototype will be tested during a LEO rocket engine hot fire test at Skyrora’s state-of-the-art testing facility in Midlothian, which is also the largest of its kind in the UK. If successful, this innovation will allow for a 50% weight reduction of the nozzle, enabling Skyrora’s LEO rocket engine to deliver a competitive advantage by carrying an increased payload to orbit to accommodate further small and cube satellite customers per launch of their orbital Skyrora XL vehicle.

“We were honored to host the most recent meeting of the Made-3D consortium at our manufacturing facility outside of Glasgow, bringing together like-minded leaders from across the European space sector. As we rapidly approach orbital launch, Skyrora seeks to push the envelope when it comes to innovative advancements in manufacturing, not only to refine our offering for prospective customers globally but to do so in the most sustainable way possible.”

Skyrora hosts European Union Made-3D consortium meeting  to discuss additive manufacturing innovation for space applications

“Contributing to the Made-3D project will enable Skyrora to develop a unique bi-metallic printing process via our Skyprint 2 machine that has never been done before, unlocking potential avenues for third-party commercial collaboration in the process.”

Broadly, the Made-3D project aims to enhance the additive manufacturing process to enable the multi-material processing required within the automotive, aeronautics, and aerospace industries. Activities focus on material design, process design, component design, and sustainability. The project’s results will significantly impact the entire process chain of 3D printed multi-material components, from computational material-design concepts to industrialization and recycling. For instance, the project aims to unlock access to reusing leftover metal powder and bulk materials from the printing process to eliminate wasted resources.

Skyrora’s novel contributions will be led by Olexandr Grydin.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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