Design for additive manufacturing contract for space parts granted to Siemens and Sonaca by ESA

The two-year long project – named Design4AM – depends on joint effort between Siemens and Sonaca, with financial support from ESA and the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (Belspo).

The aim of the Design4AM project is an approved procedure that will utilize the Siemens additive manufacturing software to design and create optimized, lightweight structural parts for space applications, including fittings, supports, and bipods.

Pedro Romero Fernandez, Sonaca General Manager Space Business Unit, says of the collaboration: “With our deep aerospace knowledge and Siemens’ software technologies such as generative design, automated topology optimization, and additive manufacturing process simulation, engineers will be able to explore hundreds of design options in a fraction of the normal time, then virtually test them against a variety of physical conditions to arrive at the best design solution for their performance requirements that 3-D print correctly the first time.”

Additive manufacturing is viewed as a significant tool for the space industry, state documents from Siemens, since it can meet structural and multidisciplinary requirements for space applications at a much lower weight than conventional space structures made utilizing traditional manufacturing techniques; additive or 3-D manufacturing can be utilized to subtract weight from almost any sort of complex space structure, regardless of whether launchers, propulsion, satellites, and different spacecraft components.