Agile Space Industries, a space propulsion technologies company headquartered in Durango, Colorado, USA, has announced the acquisition of metal Additive Manufacturing company Tronix3D, which will be rebranded as Agile Additive.
The acquisition is intended to accelerate Agile’s development, design, and delivery of complex, high-performance aerospace components to transform how space companies execute their most demanding missions. It will also enable the company to extend its capabilities across the aerospace supply chain to drive faster delivery and enhanced technical assurance of its propulsion products.
“Having worked with Tronix3D as a supplier, we were continually impressed with their ability to develop new proprietary processes for working with these very challenging materials and geometries of our next generation space propulsion systems,” stated Jeffrey Max, CEO of Agile Space Industries. “We realised that if we integrated these competencies internally at Agile, it would further accelerate the innovation, quality and timeliness of the products that we deliver to our clients.”
Agile states that it has long been trusted by NASA, the US Department of Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman, and other global aerospace leaders for its advanced propulsion technologies. The company was recently selected to provide the thrusters for Astrobotic’s 2023 NASA lunar mission, which will use a SpaceX rocket. Through the acquisition, Agile will continue to deliver aerospace technologies that allow spacecraft to be lighter and faster – thus allowing them to withstand extreme temperatures, fly farther, and last longer.
Buck Helfferich, president of Agile Additive, commented, “Parts that used to be complex or even impossible to manufacture are now achievable because of our advancements in 3D printing of novel alloys. For Agile Space Industries and the aerospace industry at large, our innovations across materials, unique build geometries, and in-situ print monitoring will allow us to deliver the intricate and structurally sound parts.”