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Manufacturing Applications for FDM Composite Materials (Nylon 12CF™) at Orbital ATK

Additive manufacturing plays a significant role in the aerospace industry. The introduction of Nylon 12CF™, the first composite FDM material by Stratasys, unlocks even more applications with its unique properties. Join Jerry Feldmiller, senior principal engineering lead of AM for Orbital ATK’s Launch Vehicle Division, as he shares his Nylon 12CF™ experiences.

Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 2 PM EDT (11 AM PDT)
Duration: 0.5 hour
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Thanks to material advancements, additive manufacturing (AM) remains front and center in the aerospace industry. The introduction of Stratasys FDM Nylon 12CF™ unlocks even more applications using FDM materials due to its high stiffness- and strength-to-weight ratios, and RF energy attenuation properties.

Learn how Orbital ATK adds this material to its production lineup for a variety of applications from tooling to flight-worthy applications. Jerry Feldmiller, senior principal engineering lead of AM for Orbital ATK's Launch Vehicle Division, hosts this webinar and shares his experience with Nylon 12CF™ and what this material's strength has enabled for Orbital ATK. Listen and learn how to take advantage of AM as an alternative to machined metals and molded plastics for tooling and final part applications.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn how Orbital ATK's Flight Systems Group has adopted Stratasys' first composite material, Nylon 12CF™, into its lineup of production FDM materials
  • Understand how the stiffness, strength, electrical conductivity, and RF energy attenuation properties have opened many new opportunities for numerous spacecraft applications
  • Discover how the highest stiffness- and strength-to-weight ratios of any Stratasys FDM material makes Nylon 12CF™ a great alternative to conventional materials and methods


Jerry Feldmiller, Sr. Principal Engineering Lead, Additive Manufacturing, Orbital ATK

Jerry Feldmiller is the Sr. Principal Engineering Lead of Additive Manufacturing for Orbital ATK's (OA) Launch Vehicle Division. He has over 29 years of experience in mechanical design, analysis and test of launch vehicles. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He has been instrumental in developing Orbital's use of Additive Manufacturing technology with the acquisition of multiple FDM machines, and led the effort to qualify an Additive Manufacturing polymer material that is suitable for launch vehicle environments. This effort allowed additively manufactured secondary structure components to be flown on the maiden Antares mission to resupply the International Space Station. Since then, multiple vehicles have flown AM parts. He is actively seeking new materials to improve strength to weight ratio, shock and RF attenuation, and other material properties that will enable more AM parts to be used on OA launch vehicles.

David Dahl, Applications Engineer, Composite Solutions, Stratasys

David Dahl is an Applications Engineer in the Composite Solutions Group. He has been with Stratasys for over 3 years and his primary focus is to advance additive manufacturing into composite fabrication. Before joining Stratasys, he worked at 3M in the Consumer Business Group. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, MN.