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Kentucky Students Successfully Launch 3D Printed Satellite into Orbit

Student-Created Satellite Features Windform Technology

CRP USA announced the successful launch of Windform as part of the collaborative KySat-2 project, a 1U CubeSat, by students at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University.

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.”

KySat-2 3D Printed Satellite CRP Students

“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.”

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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.

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Project Update

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


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A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from November 5 to November 11.

Winners Announced in Global 3D Printing Design Competition by Stratasys

In the eighth annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge hosted by Mineapolis-based Stratasys Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), students were asked to redesign an existing product or create an original work of art or architecture. Submissions were received from around the globe, including India, Sweden, Romania, and across the US.

Dimension 3D Printing, a division of Stratasys, awarded the winning students cash prizes. Below is a summary of the winners:

1st Place: Pravaah – A Continuous Supply Handpump

Jabalpur, India
Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing

A hand-pump design which not only provides a continuous supply of water and a saving in your utility bills but also provides water during both the phases of pumping.

2nd Place: Diabetic Testing Station

Dearborn, MI
Wayne State University

The main purpose of the DTS is not to replace the users’ current glucometers and lancet pens, rather to provide a product that will house all of their devices. The overall goal is to take the job of the amputees’ caregivers so that the users can be more self-reliant.

3rd Place: Scissors for Right & Left-Handed Users

Lulea, Sweden
Lulea University of Technology

Now, families or schools with both right and left handed people can finally buy universal good working pair of scissors.

It’s exciting to see students driving forward product innovation, and incredible to think that these students truly can dream up any new product they like thanks to 3D printing technology.

Check out all the winners, including Art & Architecture and Middle School submissions at Dimension Printing’s challenge coverage.