NASA SUPPORTS PADT WITH $755,000 GRANT TO CREATE 3D SOFTWARE TOOL FOR BIO-INSPIRED LATTICES

3D Printing Industry | 12/11/2019 | Tia Vialva
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Arizona-based engineering and 3D printing service provider Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) has announced that NASA is further funding its collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU) and Kennesaw State University (KSU) to develop stronger and lighter structures for space exploration using 3D printing and simulation.

The funding comprises a $755,000 2019 Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awarded by NASA. The grant is intended to help the group develop a software tool for designing, virtually testing and 3D printing strong, lightweight, bio-inspired lattice structures for aerospace vehicles. At the end of the research project, PADT aims to have created a commercial software product that it can market to the aerospace industry.

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“This research project is a great example of government, academic institutions and the private sector working together to provide practical solutions for the space industry,” states Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Arizona State University.

“WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH NASA, PADT AND KSU AS WE DISCOVER NEW WAYS TO APPLY 3D PRINTING AND SIMULATION TO REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES.”

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Briefing chart of the bioinspired structure software tool. Image via PADT.

NASA’s Phase II STTR grant is a continuation of an original $127,000 Phase I grant it awarded to PADT and ASU in 2018. The Phase I grant supported PADT and ASU in their initial research into the development of bioinspired 3D printed structures for creating strong and lightweight spacecraft parts. This is PADT’s 16th STTR/SBIR grant since the company was founded in 1994. The firm’s primary line of work involves helping customers develop physical products by providing numerical simulation, product development, and rapid prototyping products and services.

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“We’re proud to win this Phase II STTR because it furthers our coordination with the Fulton Schools and requires the use of our three main areas of expertise: 3D printing,...
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