Mitsubishi Electric Develops Technology to 3D Print Satellite Antennas in Space

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced Tuesday that it has developed an additive manufacturing technology to 3D print satellite antennas in space. The novel technology uses a newly developed liquid resin with a low-power process that utilizes the sun’s ultraviolet rays for photopolymerization.

“The 3D printer extrudes a liquid resin that hardens into a rigid solid when exposed to solar ultraviolet rays. Using this technology, it is possible to manufacture a parabolic antenna that is both larger and lighter than a conventional antenna,” the company said in a video explaining the technology.

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