PULS supports research project for manufacturing in space

The research project AIMIS-FYT explores new approaches for manufacturing directly in space. Eight aerospace engineering students of the Munich University of Applied Sciences developing a 3D printing process for producing structures for solar panels, antennas or any other equipment in zero gravity surroundings. The students use PULS power supplies to realize this ambitious project.

Before the AIMIS-FYT technology will be ready for take-off in real space missions, the  project has to pass some extensive tests. During a first parabolic flight in November 2020 the team achieved some promising results with 3D printing in weightlessness. PULS is happy to sponsor these experiments with its highly reliable power supplies. 

How does 3D printing work in space?

The team uses an innovative printing process in which photoreactive resin is extruded and cured by UV light. If you would like to learn more about the printing techniques for the various straight and curved rods, please visit the AIMIS website.

What is the benefit of 3D printing directly in space?

The current way of transporting equipment into space is not efficient. The structural parts are primarily designed to withstand the high stress during the launch phase of a spacecraft. 
Due to the high cost and limited space on a launch vehicle, a 3D printing process directly in space is more cost-effective.

Testing during parabolic flights

The team conducted eight experiments during a parabolic flight to investigate the 3D printing process under microgravity conditions.
In addition to weightlessness, they were also simulating conditions with g-forces similar to the ones on the Moon and Mars. For these experiments PULS provided the necessary power supplies.

These included the highly efficient and compact 24V, 10A CP10.241 and 24V, 5A CS5.244 power supplies.

Next steps with the European Space Agency

Based on the excellent performance and results, the project team was invited to participate in another parabolic flight campaign with the European Space Agency (ESA). This test environment to prove that 3D printing actually works in space. We are confident that the team will be successful and achieve more impressive results.

PULS is looking forward to more rocket breakthroughs and is proud to be part of such an impressive project. 

If you are interested in the project and want to learn more about it, you can take a look at their YouTube channel or website below:

AIMIS-FYT YouTube channel


Students succeed with research project for manufacturing in space