Burloak, MDA Partner to 3D Print Satellite Components

The five-year agreement will involve additive manufacturing of antenna components.

The five-year agreement will involve additive manufacturing of antenna components.

Burloak Technologies, a division of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, and MDA have announced a five-year agreement to partner for additively manufactured parts and components for space-bound satellite antenna applications.

Under the terms of this agreement, Burloak and MDA will collaborate to optimize the design and manufacturability of a range of antenna technologies. According to a press release from Burloak, the companies' joint efforts “have led to an increased acceptance of additively manufactured parts for the harsh space environment, an outcome that is expected to yield significant benefits to both partners.”  

“With challenging technological needs, it's important that we find the right partner to help us fully leverage the potential of additive manufacturing for space applications. We're confident Burloak Technologies is the ideal supplier to continue supporting our efforts,” said Mike Greenley, Chief Executive Officer of MDA. “This collaboration is a perfect example of partnerships that MDA develops under its LaunchPad program.”

“Over the last two years we have worked closely with MDA's Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue business to apply and evolve additive manufacturing to their product offerings,” stated Colin Osborne, Samuel's President and Chief Executive Officer. “This collaboration has allowed us to optimize antenna designs in terms of size, mass and performance to create a new set of possibilities for the industry.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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