SMBs and 3D Tech Companies 3D Scan Orion Crew Module and Model will print miniature replicas

ORLANDO, Florida, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SME and its RAPID event worked with Lockheed Martin, FARO Technologies, Inc., Direct Dimensions, Inc., Met-L-Flo, Inc., Florida Institute of Technology and Cincinnati Inc. to take the first-ever 3D scan of the Orion Crew Module, which will later be 3D printed in small-scale replicas. Today, the companies 3D scanned a model of the Orion spacecraft.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is designed to take humans further into space than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as an exploration vehicle that will transport astronauts to deep space, provide emergency abort capability, support and protect the crew, and ensure safe reentry from deep space return velocities. Orion will be launched on NASA’s new heavy rocket, the Space Launch System.

“Additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies are widely used to produce aerospace and other high-performance products,” said Carl Decker, president of Met-L-Flo. “It’s exciting that we’re using 3D scanning and additive manufacturing to replicate 3D models of Orion, a spacecraft that could transport these technologies to other planets.”

FARO has performed a 3D laser scan of an Orion spacecraft model, while Direct Dimensions will be responsible for the file which will be prepared and then 3D printed by Met-L-Flo. Met-L-Flo will print approximately 150 small-scale replicas of the Orion spacecraft for display and use as giveaways at SME’s 3D technology event, RAPID. The students of Florida Technology students participated in the analysis and discussed how the next generation of manufacturing professionals are educated in advanced manufacturing technologies and applications.

Additionally, Cincinnati Inc. will use its Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology to print an Orion replica in multiple large pieces and assemble it on-site at RAPID 2016.

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For more than 25 years, the RAPID conference and exhibition, produced by SME, has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and enabled the establishment of an industry that continues to design, test, improve and manufacture new products at faster and more expensive. effective pace. As a leader and authority figure in additive manufacturing, RAPID attracts buyers, sellers and end users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct digital technologies to a world-class event for discovery, l innovation and networking. For more information, visit

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