BEAMIT SpA, a provider of advanced metal Additive Manufacturing solutions based in Parma, Italy, has partnered with Telema, Blu Electronic, and Thales Alenia Space to provide a number of NASA-qualified AlSi7Mg aluminium components. The additively manufactured components are used in the Cygnus programme, which aims to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) and advance space exploration.
The AlSi7Mg components, made using Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing, are reported to exceed the minimum requirements set by NASA, particularly in regard to fatigue data.
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The partnership between BEAMIT, Telema, Blu Electronic, and Thales Alenia Space represents a collaborative effort to bring innovative solutions to the Cygnus program. The partnership highlights the significant progress made in metal Additive Manufacturing technology and quality assurance. It was stated that integrating BEAMIT’s NADCAP-qualified AlSi7Mg components into the Cygnus program will result in more robust, lightweight, and technologically advanced spacecraft.
President Mauro Antolotti at BEAMIT SpA, stated, “Our collaboration with Telema, Blu Electronic, and Thales Alenia Space represents a milestone in the aerospace industry. BEAMIT’s expertise in Additive Manufacturing, combined with the contributions of our esteemed partners and our NADCAP-qualified components, will elevate the Cygnus program to new heights of innovation and efficiency.”