Composites and polymers research specialist University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI, Dayton, Ohio, USA) is featuring a tooling material fabricated via the fused deposition modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing process. The material is said to be vaccum-tight, mold release-compatible, stable at 350°F/177°C for multiple cycles, and able to receive coatings. UDRI will also emphasize nanocomposites and advanced composite coatings for erosion protection.
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When humans do finally travel to Mars, they will have to be well protected from a less-than-hospitable environment. The suit designed to do the job is already in development at NASA, and it relies heavily on composites.