When sending things into space, cargo is limited and costs are high. That’s why Brigham Young University researchers and NASA are using origami to develop ways of making solar arrays more compact. The current design allows the array to expand from 9 ft. to a whopping 80 ft. in diameter once it’s deployed in outer space. The array is expected to generate 150 kW of power, a significant increase over the 84 kW currently produced by the International Space Station. The absence of sliding parts in the solar array also decreases the likelihood of malfunction since scientists would only need to launch, deploy and monitor a single system.
6’ 4” (1.9 meter) 3D printed wall that I created for Maker faire 2014. Printed on the Euclid Robot 3D printer using both black and clear ABS plastic it is extremely strong with an approximately 1/4” (6.35mm) print thickness. The wall is two 5 hour prints making for 10 hours of total print time. And yes, that is fast, well compared to most printers. Special thanks to Jordan Squires for all of his help.