COSMIAC has a rich and robust history in the field of prototype manufacturing. Over the past twelve years, COSMIAC has been funded to perform extensive research by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. These organizations have funded COSMIAC to perform research in the following areas:
- Materials Testing
- Radiation Testing
- Thermal Management
- Workforce Development
- RF Systems
COSMIAC has a full line of additive and subtractive manufacturing capabilities. This include milling, lathing and a full line of thermal vacuum capabilities. The COSMIAC cleanroom provides the ability to do integration, assembly, and test at the class 1000 level.
Above: COSMIAC Cleanroom
Above: Manufacturing in the COSMIAC Launchpad
For 3D printing, COSMIAC has fourteen different printing solutions that provide capabilities to print a wide range of materials with different precision levels. Recent work involved printing personal protective equipment for the state of New Mexico. The COSMIAC team is also involved with rendering objects into different formats for printing, virtual (and augmented) reality. Additionally, the printing of high-temperature materials for space applications is possible.
COSMIAC's 3D printing efforts were featured in Makezine, at the 2015 SmallSat conference in Logan, Utah.
Examples of COSMIAC's 3D printing
Above: 3D-printed circuit board flown on COSMIAC's Trailblazer satellite
Above: Thermal Vacuum Capabilities at COSMIAC
Above: Milling and Machining Capabilities