On the newest Additive Perception podcast episode, we sit down with Scott Van Vliet, the SVP of Additive & Software program Engineering at Relativity Area, to debate the house firm’s use of 3D printing know-how.
Van Vliet joined Relativity at first of 2022, having beforehand held roles at Mattel, Microsoft and Amazon. By means of these roles, he had publicity to each 3D printing and software program engineering, and when the chance at Relativity introduced itself, he discovered it too arduous to show down.
In Relativity, he’s working for a corporation that has lofty ambitions to additively manufacture the vast majority of its Terran launch autos and facilitate house exploration on such planets as Mars. The corporate has raised over $1 billion in funding in its Collection D and Collection E rounds alone, and lately introduced its partnership with Impulse Area to launch its Mars Cruise Car and Mars Lander into trans-Mars injection orbit.
Throughout this episode, we focus on all that, in addition to the issues Relativity makes when deploying 3D printing, what’s concerned in the remainder of its manufacturing workflow, and what’s motivating the corporate to harness AM know-how in its bid to allow house exploration.
When discussing the importance of house exploration, Van Vliet says: “If we are able to give you extra superior applied sciences for additive manufacturing, particularly of enormous scale techniques, and eradicate the necessity for mounted tooling and doubtlessly dangerous techniques, you may cut back waste, you may have a decrease carbon footprint, you may have, once more, a variety of aspirational targets of sustainability on this planet that may be achieved by inventing and growing this know-how. So, for me, it is the confluence of the wonderment and form of the unification of house as an idea for humanity. After which additionally the applied sciences that we’re constructing particularly for very advanced autos and merchandise in the present day have a direct software for extra terrestrial functions.”
Study extra about ultrafast 3D printing on the desktop with the XiP 3D printer from our episode sponsor Nexa3D.
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