Auburn professor to explore microgravitational printing of semiconductors through NASA-supported parabolic flights

May 3, 2024
The first step before printing in space is printing in microgravity, Joe McAdory writes for Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

AUBURN, Ala. - Can a small, laser ablation and sintering enabled (LASED) multi-material printer operate in microgravity? Masoud Mahjouri-Samani, the Goldbold Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will find out next spring through a series of NASA-supported parabolic flights, Joe McAdory writes for Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Continue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

3 May 2024 -“When it comes to space manufacturing, we need sustainable technology that is compatible with the space environment,” said Mahjouri-Samani, founder of NanoPrintek, Inc., an Auburn-based startup that creates disruptive LASED multi-material printing technology for electronics, energy, biomedical and sensing applications. “With printed electronics, the entire industry has been based on wet ink, but ink and liquids are not compatible with space or microgravity environments.

“Our dry LASED multi-material printer also does not require post-processing, a procedure that typically necessitates the use of ovens and/or heaters, which have their own challenges in the space environment. This supply chain-resilient and sustainable technology is an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly process that will open a new realm of manufacturing in space. I am proud that this technology was invented in my lab and doesn’t exist anywhere else worldwide.”

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