3D-Printing for Critical Design Review

3D-printing of mounting solution in IRENA box

One of our main goals is to design and optimize a mounting solution for the SSDs of our instrument EVA. Therefore we  create plates with grooves, in which we will jam the SSDs.

Because it is expensive and relatively slow to order them from an external manufacturer, we use a 3D-printer that we have in our institute. This way we can print a huge number of different adjustments easily and fast, e.g. a prototype plate for the CDR.

We still need to test  if these plates fit our needs related to vacuum. If YES, we will optimize our sensor head design for the 3D printer. If NOT, we will order the plates at a workshop the old fashioned way.