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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