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Solideon and LEAP 71 advance LFAM space hardware

The two companies will work together to build large metal structures with the eventual goal of enabling off-planet production

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Solideon, a US-based provider of collaborative robotic metal 3D printing systems, and LEAP 71, a Dubai-based developer of computational and AI-based engineering technology, have signed an agreement to design and produce multi-meter-scale hardware for space applications. The two companies will work together to build large metal structures with the eventual goal of enabling off-planet production.

LEAP 71 and Solideon have been collaborating for the past year to interface between LEAP 71’s proprietary Computational Engineering Models (CEM), which are generative frameworks for building sophisticated physical objects, and Solideon’s large-size collaborative robotic metal manufacturing technology, Aperture.

“Access to space will expand significantly in the coming years. But how do we build the large components that will be needed to create extraterrestrial infrastructure? LEAP 71’s computational models can design sophisticated space hardware, however, limitations of the current manufacturing processes, including the small build volumes of most industrial 3D printers, are holding us back. Solideon will help us produce objects that are enormous by today’s standards,” said Josefine Lissner, Founder and CEO of LEAP 71.

Solideon and LEAP 71 advance LFAM space hardware - working together to build large metal structures and enable off-planet production.

Solideon’s robotic system, Aperture, integrates multiple manufacturing steps, including wire-arc 3D printing, CNC milling, and subcomponent assembly. The computational models developed by LEAP 71 generate geometric data and process input for all the separate steps, taking the capabilities and constraints of each production method into account.

The companies are targeting several sectors, including the manufacturing of large rocket propulsion systems, as well as components for infrastructure in space.

“A spacefaring society needs new production technologies that surpass conventional terrestrial approaches. The Aperture system combines many steps into one cohesive, autonomous, and collaborative whole. We can now manufacture large-scale objects on Earth and eventually will do so in zero gravity. By tightly integrating the engineering algorithms created by LEAP 71 with our software-driven production system, we can build objects that move space technology to a new level,” said Oluseun Taiwo, Founder and CEO of Solideon.

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