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Bengaluru-based Accreate Labs & Innovation to Produce 3D printed UI Panels for ISRO’s GSLV Rocket

3D printing in aerospace
3D printing in aerospace
Above: ISRO’s GSLV GSLV in action. In December 2018, the GSLV-F11 successfully launched GSAT-7A, ISRO’s 39th communication satellite/Image Credit: ISRO. Note: Image used for representation purpose only

Bengaluru-based startup Accreate Labs & Innovation is all set to produce 3D printed User Interface Panels for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) operated Geosyncrhonous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket which would carry two Indians on voyage into outer space in the year 2022.

According to a report published in the Deccan Chronicle, the company is all set to foray into the aerospace market and has already bagged two high-profile projects – “Gaganyaan-ISRO’s human space flight programme and indigenous production of Rafale combat jets.

Speaking to the Deccan Chronicle about how 3D printing technology will make a difference to the UI, Mr. Ravi Shankar S N, Managing Director of Accreate Labs said, “For manned missions, the inside part of rockets require a complete makeover. User interface which the crew members would use to operate controls in the space launch vehicle need to be soft, overlaid on electronic input devices and completely customised in form and fitment. This is where 3D printing fit for UX – User Interface panels makes a huge difference”.

“We observed, for example, that Mars manned surface craft (Rover) being experimented upon by NASA has no less than 84 3D Printed parts, all done on Stratasys technology, ” added Mr. Shankar.

Explaining more about what makes his company unique for 3D printing applications in aerospace, Mr. Shankar added, “We are unique to have aerospace certified materials(FDA Approved), FDA 510K complaint Stratasys 3D print technology and aerospace designers with more than a decade of aerospace design work behind them. We see that start-ups such as Accreate Labs could help make Cubesat ejection mechanisms faster, cheaper and with more customisations important for India and ISRO”.

The application of 3D printing in aerospace in India is increasing at a faster rate. Recently, Poeir Jets, a R&D subsidiary of INTECH DMLS unveiled, heavy-lift hybrid drones at Aero India 2019. where the company used 3D printing technology to produce intricate complex parts of the propulsion system inside drones.

Source: Deccan Chronicle


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