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Student-Created Satellite Features Windform Technology
The collaborative team of students from the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University, along with Kentucky Space, launched the KySat-2 into orbit as part of the NASA ElaNa IV mission out of Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
35 minutes after deployment from the launch vehicle, KySat-2 began beaconing its telemetry data and was almost immediately heard by amateur radio operators. Since then, the KySat-2 team began performing system checks for each of the various subsystems that make up the satellite. According to the KySat-2 team, all systems have been performing nominally.
“Congratulations to the KySat-2 team on a very successful launch. We are excited for the KySat-2 team, and are looking forward to following their mission,” said Stewart Davis, Director of Operations CRP USA. “As part of our overall work to expand the use of Windform beyond motorsports, this launch is another successful project that continues to add to our growing space flight heritage.”
“There were several 3d printed components on the KySat-2 made by CRP USA from CRP Technology’s proprietary material Windform XT 2.0,” explains Twyman Clements, KySat-2 Project Manager, Kentucky Space. “One of the subsystems, is the camera systems that acts as an attitude determination system called Stellar Gyro. The 3d printed parts, were produced using the additive manufacturing technology Selective Laser Sintering and Windform XT 2.0 material. The additive manufactured process 3d printed the mounting hardware for the camera system, extensions for the separation switches, clips for holding the antennas in their stowed position, and the mounting bracket for the on board batteries. The process and the material were critical to achieve the right components for KySat-2.”
KySat-2’s main mission is to be an educational tool and demonstration for the students working on the satellite. KySat-2 was designed, built, and tested entirely by students and engineers, with most of the subsystems designed in-house.
This video below offers a glimpse at the development, payload and launch of KySat-2.
3D Printing and Materials for Space Applications
CRP USA together with CRP Technology produced five Windform XT 2.0 parts that are incorporated into the deployable solar panels on the KySat-2; camera annulus, lens cover, deployable extensions, antenna clips, and battery holders.
One of the highest levels of Windform materials, Windform XT 2.0 is a high performance material filled with carbon fiber and offers maximum mechanical performance for 3D printed parts. The material combines maximum toughness and robustness, yet produces an extremely light, final part that doesn’t impact the overall production weight of the KySat-2 unit. Utilizing the additive manufactured technology, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Windform XT 2.0 material final parts for small productions can easily replace parts that are usually produced with traditional technology, or are otherwise unmanufacturable.
This makes Windform a material that can stretch the limits of SLS applications, even in space applications.
KySat-2 was launched on board a Minotaur I rocket built by Orbital Sciences. Typically, operational lifetime for a CubeSat is around 1 year due to radiation exposure and damage to the batteries. The KySat-2 will remain operational as long as the team is able to make reliable contact to the satellite. Testing has already begun on the subsystems and the team is hopeful they will be able to take pictures and download them from the spacecraft in the next few weeks.
Follow the progress at @KySpace
3D Printing Platform Cuboyo Launches High Tech Smartphone Cases
We have smartphones, what about “smart” phone cases?
Bespoke by Cuboyo introduces 3D printed personalized smartphone cases.
These decorative and functional cases let users choose a case pattern and color, then add their own custom text, logos, and colors online. The cases are then manufactured using high quality Swiss standards and shipped to the user. Cases cost around $50.
Cuboyo is marketing these cases to corporate customers and consumers alike. Bespoke is the newest venture from Cuboyo.com, a 3D printable file sharing platform launched in June 2013.
Cuboyo LLC was created in Switzerland in 2013 by three 3D Printing enthusiasts. They felt that there was not an accessible marketplace for buyers and sellers to exchange 3D printable files to fully realize the revolutionary possibilities of 3D printing.
Learn more at Bespoke by Cuboyo.
Looking to tap into this talented base, My Mini Factory has launched a Christmas Design Contest, calling on the worldwide community of 3D designers to upload their designs.
Now that contest is open to voting! Click here to go see the designs and make your vote.
3D Printing Week
Here is a roundup of the top 3D printing news from last week.
The competition for 3D scanners continued to heat up as Structure Sensor closed a $1.3 million Kickstarter campaign for an iPad add-on.
Pet lovers unite! and match your dogs with 3D printed Twin Tags.
We published the top 3D printer deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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Happy Black Friday!
Here’s a roundup of the top deals for 3D printers and 3D printing from around the web.
MakerBot is offering the Replicator 2 3D printer for $1,999 ($598 off) at MakerBot retail stores, located in New York City, Boston, and Greenwich, CT.
Microsoft also had a deal running for the MakerBot Replicator 2 but is now sold out.
The Isis One desktop 3D printer is on sale for $1,999 through the weekend.
The Solidoodle 2nd and 3rd generation 3D printers are both discounted, each is under $700.
LulzBot is running a big sale on Cyber Monday for the LulzBot TAZ 2, reducing to $1,995 from $2,395, along with other discounts on filament and supplies.
And you can always check out the 3D printer category at Amazon for deals on the UP! and FlashForge desktop 3D printers.
Other 3D Printing Sales
Besides 3D printers, there are discounts on other 3D printing shopping.
3D-filaments.com has discounted its stock of 3D printer filament.
Mixee Labs, a site that lets you design your own jewelry and figurines, is offering 10% off orders with the code BLACKFRIDAYMIXEE2013 during checkout.
3D printing service bureau Sculpteo is offering 20% off all prints with the code “black-friday”.
Shapeways is offering tiered discounts depending on how much you spend. Use the codes ”save10″, “save25″, or “save50″ at checkout.
Do you know of another discount? Add it in the comments or tweet it!