OED2018 Speaker Spotlight – Utkarsha Ankalkhope

OED2018 Speaker Spotlight – Utkarsha Ankalkhope


Implementation of Topology Optimisation and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing for Large Scale Space Structures

The use of additive manufacturing (AM) for space applications has a lot of potential to enable improved product performance and efficiency of manufacturing.  There is a growing interest within the sector to better understand how AM can be used for this, which has led the European Space Agency (ESA) to set up their AM Bench-marking Centre at the Manufacturing Centre (MTC).  A project is underway as part of this initiative to re-design and manufacture a full sized AM prototype of the international birthing docking mechanism (IBDM), which is a large ring shaped part (1.25m diameter) with 3 "petals" around the perimeter.  The IBDM captures the space vehicle and damps the residual relative motion between the vehicle and the international space station.

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“Optimised Engineering Design in our industry has opened up a lot of opportunities for using optimised designs and additive manufacturing.”

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Speaker Biography


Utkarsha gained a diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 from Latthe Education Society’s Polytechnic, a bachelors in Automobile Engineering from the University of Mumbai in 2007 and in 2009, he received his MSc in Rapid Product Development from De Montfort University.
In 2010, Utkarsha completed an internship at Materialise before winning a permanent role as UK Applications Engineer and Technical Consultant in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing. 
After four years, he accepted a Senior Project Leader role with TWI in laser additive AM, before moving to his current role at MTC as a Senior Research Engineer in AM technology.  

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Implementation of Topology Optimisation and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing for Large Scale Space Structures

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e use of additive manufacturing (AM) for space applications has a lot of potential to enable improved product performance and manufacturing efficiency. There is a growing interest within the sector to better understand how AM can be used for this which has led the European Space Agency (ESA) to set up their AM Benchmarking Centre at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). A project is underway as part of this initiative to re-design and manufacture a full size AM prototype of the international birthing docking mechanism (IBDM), which is a large ring shaped part (1.25 m diameter) with 3 “petals” around the perimeter. The IBDM captures the space vehicle and damps the residual relative motion between the vehicle and the international space station.

 

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