H.C. Starck Solutions is excited to be participating in a live webinar on Friday, September 25 from 12-1pm CDT with Renishaw, HiETA Technologies Ltd., and the University of Southampton. The webinar, “Additive manufacturing collaboration maximizes thruster performance for spacecraft propulsion” will focus on the consortium led by the University of Southampton, a collaboration between HiETA Technologies, H.C. Starck Solutions, and Renishaw that delivered an innovative new resistojet propulsion system named STAR (Super high Temperature Additively manufactured Resistojets). 

Using a Renishaw RenAM 500 Series AM machine with high-temperature materials supplied by H.C. Starck Solutions, HiETA has unlocked new design thinking for satellite propulsion by enabling engineers to build fine structures and complex 3D geometries that severely challenge traditional techniques.

The speakers at the webinar panel discussion will be:

John Laureto – Renishaw, Inc.

Paul Aimone – H.C. Starck Solutions

Charlie Birkett, HiETA Technologies Ltd.

Dr. Federico Romei – University of Southampton

About the speakers:

John Laureto: John Laureto M.S. received his Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan Technological University, USA (2017). John has worked in a variety of manufacturing and engineering environments ranging from materials analysis laboratories, primary steel producing and additive manufacturing. He joined Renishaw Inc. – Additive Manufacturing Products Division (AMPD) in 2017 as an Applications Engineer focused in process engineering and material development. John’s areas of expertise are component metallurgy, laser parameter development and material qualification.

Paul Aimone: Paul received his B.S. degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1984 and M.S. degree from Drexel University in 1986.  He worked as an R&D Engineer at Howmet Corporation for ten years focusing on investment casting of nickel based superalloys, nickel aluminides, and titanium alloys.  He joined Johnson & Johnson Professional in 1996 as a Senior R&D Engineer helping to develop new knee and hip implant systems, surgical instruments, as well as performing failure analyses on retrieved implants.  He joined H.C. Starck in January 1999 and is currently a Senior Staff Engineer in the Marketing & Innovation Services group where his responsibilities include product and process development, plant and customer support, and failure analysis of tantalum and niobium products.

Charlie Birkett: Charlie Birkett trained at the University of Exeter with a mechanical engineering degree and has since built over 7 years experience in the additive manufacturing sector. He started his career at Renishaw supporting their global AM customer base as an applications engineer before joining HiETA as a key account manager. Now he currently heads up the Materials and Applications team, who are responsible for the development of new and bespoke alloys and qualifying them for production. He and the team push the limits of the AM process by developing new slicing tools and scan strategies to lower the size, cost and improve performance of HiETA’s products.

Federico Romei: Federico Romei is a Research Fellow within the Astronautics research group at the University of Southampton. Federico is currently working on the design, manufacturing and testing of high-temperature resistojets for the development of all-electric propulsion spacecraft, as part of the STAR project funded by the UK Space Agency. Federico previously worked on the development of spacecraft structures for space debris environment using metal additive manufacturing as part of the ReDSHIFT Horizon 2020 project and currently collaborates with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited in the development of high-temperature resistojet propulsion systems.

The webinar will cover all of the challenges that the team had to overcome to successfully build refractory metal-based resistojets using AM. Topics will include the design, modeling, material selection, AM build and testing of the resistojet propulsion system.

Learn more and register for the webinar here