3D printing technology makes it possible to produce items that are much more accurate than traditional methods of making them. In addition, the production of more complex objects is much easier, not to mention the lower cost of their production. That is why 3D printers are increasingly being used in the space industry.

The European Space Agency plans to use it to produce components that will significantly improve the process of building satellites in the future and will reduce their costs. Currently in the Dutch Compact Antenna Test Facility in Noordwijk, testing of the first component from a 3D printer is under way, with a new radio antenna, providing satellite communication with the command center.

The antenna, despite its complex geometry, can be printed out in its entirety, eliminating the need for subsequent assembly. Moreover, this also eliminates the potential risk of later problems that may be related to inaccurate assembly of all components.