Embracing the Infinity Within.
Microgravity Manufacturing: The Future Is Here.
ACME Advanced Materials
Imagine the future. What happens when you remove the constraints and begin to think the unthinkable? New frontiers lay ahead of us, unknown, undeveloped, and unchallenged. Most of us can envision that future 100 years from now when mankind has moved off the planet and begun to settle the Solar System. Rockets routinely lift off the Earth and space based transports shuttle people and goods between the planets, moons, and asteroids. But that’s the same vision our parents, and maybe grandparents depending on your age, were having back in the 50’s and 60’s. What happened, why are we still dreaming?
Space is hard, space is unforgiving, and the cost for space access is high. So we have to take it a little bit at a time, start with small incremental advances and then build on them. The most important thing is that this time, we do not stop and we do not retreat. There are many great, private companies out there today doing just that. They are advancing the ball with reliable, cost effective transportation and developing affordable habitats for nations and private businesses. ACME Advanced Materials is doing their part in the field of microgravity production.
We’ve identified a large portfolio of materials for microgravity processing and built business models around their value to industry. Combining our intellectual property with some material specific trade secrets we’ve ensured a level of competitive advantage for the next 10 years. But rather than wait around for somebody else to develop cost effective space transportation, ACME is working to exploit incremental advances in microgravity material processing right now.
While conducting tests on aircraft flying parabolic profiles we discovered that carefully prepared silicon carbide wafers could be coaxed into a level of improved quality that gave them performance advantages over existing silicon carbide wafers. Independent testing by Stanford University’s Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory validated that we were seeing very positive material and performance changes after our flights. While this doesn’t directly demonstrate the commercial viability of orbital production, it does show the commercial viability of microgravity enhanced products. It is a very positive incremental step.
ACME Advanced Materials is now working to create strategic partnerships with industry leaders to fully develop the silicon carbide product and ensure that our process is optimized for industry. As the business in this sector ramps up, ACME will pursue the commercialization of other materials in our portfolio which will require more stringent microgravity environments such as suborbital and orbital flights. This is how it begins.
Micro Gravity Production
NASA and the other space agencies from around the world have demonstrated the advantages and potential of manufacturing materials in microgravity. However, because of the high cost of access to space most of the research has been focused on using microgravity to better understand the physics of a process so that production on Earth can be improved. ACME’s goal is to produce unique and valuable material in the microgravity environment then bring it back for sale on Earth. This is a fundamental change in philosophy but one that is necessary if the human race is going to expand into the Solar System.