Educational Programs throughout the country have been working with TVF metal filaments and materials. Learn more about some of these projects below.
We continue to partner with Educational Institutions across the country.
Our metal filaments and materials can be printed on any FDM printer to create pure metal parts. 3D metal printing using our materials offers real world applications using cutting edge technology.
FIRST Lego League for Students in Wisconsin
These kids are a group of students (from left to right, Emily, Laura, Arlo, Ethan) that are participating in their FIRST Lego League. The tournament is hosted by Wisconsin FIRST. Within the competition there are over 300,000 teams worldwide and over 400 in Wisconsin. This team (Critical Space Item) has advanced to the state tournament with the final 36 teams.
The upcoming competition gives them a problem that has 2 parts. The first goal is to recycle space metal to save on launch costs, print out new parts, and whole space station hull pieces. The second goal is to print a space station module that is 6 times larger than the current ISS modules and possibly be basis of ship to Mars. The pieces of the station would be printed like puzzle pieces and then sintered together in space.
To prove this concept they want to print small metal pieces in space to show the metal can be recycled in space. They also want to launch large hull pieces in an existing rocket and then sinter them in space to show the sintering process can work. With 2 rocket launches, a module 6 times larger than any on the ISS could be built.
Right now they are trying to print small replicas using The Virtual Foundry metal filaments and plan to sinter the puzzle pieces together as a proof of concept.