Fabrisonic’s NASA JPL Support Recognized in NASA Tech. Publication

April 29, 2022


Successful technology and capability developments in support of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have earned Fabrisonic coverage in the latest of NASA’s Spinoff 2022 publications.

The article, “Pounding Metal Parts into Profit: A novel additive manufacturing technique combines metals and embeds sensors,” details how Fabrisonic’s Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) process could be used to create a lighter-weight, higher-performing heat exchanger.

“The federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research SBIR program is a godsend to small businesses as it allows us non-dilutive funding to perfect our craft,” comments Mark Norfolk, CEO of Fabrisonic. 

The SBIR program has allowed Fabrisonic to hone its UAM process into a viable technology that can pay large dividends in aerospace applications.

From the article:

“A burst water main is always a mess, but a pipe that fails in space can be mission-ending. That’s why NASA technologists must make hardware as reliable as possible.

“This challenge spurred Scott Roberts, a technologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, to turn to a new kind of welding in the 3D printing industry. He thought ultrasonic additive manufacturing (and Fabrisonic) could improve spacecraft components’ reliability. Now one company that used the technique to build parts for Roberts is manufacturing parts for industries from aeronautics to oil drilling.” 

Industry-Related Terms: Additive manufacturing, Ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM)
View Glossary of 3D Metal Printing Terms

 

See also: Fabrisonic LLC

Technologies: Applications

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