Rapid Spacecraft Thruster Deliveries Through Advancements In Additive Manufacturing

Agile Additive’s Trumpf TruPrint 2000 laser metal fusion printer in operation while printing Niobium alloy parts. (Credit: Agile Space Industries)

DURANGO, Colo. (Agile Space Industries PR) – Agile Space Industries, an aerospace propulsion innovator founded in 2009, has acquired additive manufacturing (AM) leader, Tronix3D, to continue their mission of innovating in-space propulsion systems. The newly integrated entity will be known as Agile Additive and will extend the innovations of Tronix3D in printing exotic alloys for complex, high-performance aerospace components to transform how space companies execute their most demanding missions.

Today’s space missions demand propulsion systems that are customized, high performance, and that can be fielded in months rather than years. Agile Space Industries has demonstrated that by incorporating AM, tailored propulsion technologies can be advanced from design to hot fire in under two weeks, and high performance flight hardware delivered well within new space timelines. The acquisition of Tronix3D enables Agile Space Industries to further accelerate their propulsion delivery schedules, enhance technical assurance of propulsion products, and develop innovative intellectual property around metal AM.

“Having worked with Tronix3D as a supplier, we were continually impressed with their ability to develop new proprietary processes for working with these very challenging materials and geometries of our next generation space propulsion systems. We realized that if we integrated these competencies internally at Agile, it would further accelerate the innovation, quality and timeliness of the products that we deliver to our clients,” said Jeffrey Max, CEO of Agile Space Industries.

“Parts that used to be complex or even impossible to manufacture are now achievable because of our advancements in 3D printing of novel alloys. For Agile Space Industries and the aerospace industry at large, our innovations across materials, unique build geometries, and in situ print monitoring will allow us to deliver the intricate and structurally sound parts,” said Buck Helfferich, President of Agile Additive.

Agile Additive’s continued investment in materials and processes will deliver higher strength, lighter weight, and higher temperature alloys to manufacture aerospace technologies with superior performance and mass fractions. For space vehicle operators, these 3D-printed innovations increase the on-orbit maneuverability of Espa satellites and next generation space vehicles. Agile Additive’s novel AM geometries unlocks propulsion hardware with high specific impulses, exceeding 330s, which allows spacecraft to burn harder and fly further. This acquisition ultimately enables space missions flying Agile Space Industries’ propulsion to be more survivable, long-lived, and resilient.

About Agile Space Industries:

Agile Space Industries provides mission-optimized propulsion solutions on fast space timelines by closely coupling rapid prototyping with diagnostic testing and analysis. Since its founding in 2009, the Durango, CO based company has been the team of propulsion experts repeatedly trusted by NASA, the DoD, and their Prime contractors when undertaking advanced propulsion technology developments.

About Agile Additive:

Agile Additive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agile Space Industries, is an industry leader in precision aerospace and defense additive manufacturing based in Mt. Pleasant, PA. Agile Additive’s AS9100 and NIST certified facilities deliver high resolution parts using their state-of-the-art industrial metal printing systems.