Press Release

CRP USA Revolutionizes 3D Printed Space Satellite Industry

By SpaceRef Editor
November 28, 2017
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TuPOD, the latest and most innovative satellite manufactured by CRP USA, sets the stage for a new era of reduced size, high reliability, 3D printed satellites.  The unit, encompassing a 3U CubeSat with a deployment platform for two smaller satellites (TubeSats), is set to revolutionize the industry.

TuPOD is the first complete 3D printed satellite to be launched from the ISS, it utilizes ground breaking carbon fiber reinforced composite material Windform® XT 2.0 ( supplied by CRP USA. Windform® XT 2.0 is known for its superior mechanical properties and has passed outgassing screening at NASA so it is suitable for space applications.

As demand grows for cost effective “nanosatellites” CRP engineers are innovating, adapting existing technologies, and pushing technological boundaries.   Given that TubeSats are cylindrical in shape and not compatible with the normal CubeSats deployer platform (P-POD) on ISS, an innovative nano-satellite, TuPOD (Tubesat-POD), was developed to address the issue. 

“Using Windform® XT 2.0 material in the 3D manufacturing of TuPOD was one of the best decisions we have ever made,” commented Amin Djamshidpour, designer of TuPOD. “During the prototyping phase and even during final manufacturing, we got into multiple situations where we needed to drill parts or make small modifications to the 3D printed structure, working with Windform® XT 2.0 gave us the ability to do so.”

The TubeSats contained within TuPOD are the results of different collaborations.  The concept for TANCREDO-1 was developed by Brazilian students from “Escola Municipal Presidente Tancredo de Almeida Neves” and INPE as part of the UbatubaSat Project. OSNSAT was developed by the Californian company, Open Space Network.

TuPOD satellite/deployer is the result of a successful international collaboration between CRP USA (manufacturer), Teton Aerospace (Tetonsys), Morehead State University, JAXA, the TANCREDO and OSNAT teams.

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Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, CRP USA is partnered with CRP Group. Both leader in professional 3D printing with Windform family of high performance composite materials.

CRP USA resides in the heart of the southern industrial and manufacturing hub, and is surrounded by growing aerospace and motorsports communities.

CRP USA manufacturers end use 3D printed on-car and wind tunnel components for racing teams and has taken this expertise to new heights to produce parts for the space, entertainment and automotive sectors using Windform® materials and Additive Manufacturing.

SOURCE CRP Service Srl

CONTACT: Veronica Negrelli: Tel: + 39 059 821135, Email:, Press Office Manager, CRP Service,

SpaceRef staff editor.