Additive manufacturing is transforming the aerospace industry, accelerating product development, shortening supply chains, and enabling novel component designs with enhanced functionality. These impacts have been strongest in the space sector, where the cadence and demands of launch vehicle and spacecraft development align very well with the capabilities of additive manufacturing. The Cordero Lab is pushing the boundaries of additive manufacturing for spaceflight through the development of new net-shaping processes and materials. Our current research interests include: (i) design of additively manufactured high-temperature materials for next-generation propulsion and thermal protection systems and (ii) development of multi-functional architectured composites and truss structures for spacecraft. Visit here to learn how to join the team.
Hot fire testing of an additively manufactured SuperDraco rocket engine (Image credit: SpaceX).