When designing metal pressure vessels (like gas tanks) for high value vehicles (satellites, rockets), designers focus on a few key points. Obviously, they need to maximize strength and minimize weight but, it is also common that they need to conform to tight packaging and be able to quickly adjust the shape in response to changes elsewhere in the craft.

Engineers have attempted to use additive manufacturing to quickly produce the geometries required. However, until recently, this has been a further challenge due to the low angles and enclosures created when printing the internal channels needed for advanced fuel tank design.

With Velo3D’s SupportFreeTM low angle and thin wall capabilities, these parts are now possible. Engineers can rapidly print the desired shapes and consistently achieve the target mechanical properties.

Watch our recorded VELOVirtual webinar as we explore How to Build the Better Fuel Tank, Fast!