Aerospace darling MDA and Burloak Technologies, a division of Samuel, Son & Co., Ltd., have signed a five-year agreement to partner on additive manufacturing for parts and components used in satellite antennas.
The collaboration will optimize the design and manufacture of a range of antenna technologies. MDA and Burloak aren’t new friends—previous partnerships have led to an increased acceptance of additive manufacture parts for space.
“With challenging technological needs, it’s important that we find the right partner to help us fully leverage the potential of additive manufacturing for space applications. We’re confident Burloak Technologies is the ideal supplier to continue supporting our efforts,” said Mike Greenley, CEO of MDA.
“Over the last two years we have worked closely with MDA’s Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue business to apply and evolve additive manufacturing to their product offerings,” said Colin Osborne, Samuel’s president and CEO. “This collaboration has allowed us to optimize antenna designs in terms of size, mass and performance to create a new set of possibilities for the industry.”
MDA is an internationally recognized leader in space robotics, space sensors, satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery.
Burloak Technologies provides engineering and design services for additive manufacturing, materials development, high precision CNC machining, post-processing and metrology.