3D metal printer grabs over $1 million in NASA funding
Fabrisonic has been pioneering ultrasonic additive manufacturing technology since 2011. The company focuses on 3D metal printing, a process that allows metal to be laid down in discrete layers and bonded together using ultrasonic friction to create a durable bond without melting.
The process even allows delicate components such as fiber optic sensors to be embedded between layers, which would be impossible using traditional high-temperature welding.
Fabrisonic’s technology grabbed the attention of NASA jet propulsion lab researchers seeking to improve space-bound heat exchangers. NASA has provided more than $1 million in Small Business Innovation Research funding to Fabrisonic over a variety of projects, and researchers are now making more durable, more rapidly manufactured components that will fly on spacecraft and satellites of the future and also enable specialized research here on Earth.
Cynthia Bent Findlay is a freelance writer.