C-103 is widely used in space applications because of its excellent formability, cost, weight, and reliability.
C-103 is widely used in space applications because of its excellent formability, cost, weight, and reliability.

C-103 is widely used in space applications because of its excellent formability, cost, weight, and reliability. However, until now it had not been sintered from a powder form using the additive manufacturing processes, MTI says. To make the components, the company used 3D Systems ProX 300 using a 500 watt laser.

MTI has been machining, deep draw forming, forging and fabricating in C-103 for years. "This project began in January, 2014 when we decided to pursue additive manufacturing as an additional capability to our operations. It's a natural evolution of our work with C-103," said Steve Smith, MTI's director of sales & marketing.