Date: May 15th 2018

Consortium with a leading Portuguese 3D printing company delivers a printer prototype to ESA

esa The European Space Agency has received a 3D printer (ALM-Additive Layer Manufacturing breadboard machine), designed to work under microgravity and 3D print with engineering polymers with high end mechanical and thermal properties. This project was developed by an international consortium, which BEEVERYCREATIVE is a part of.

BEEVERYCREATIVE is the leading 3D printer manufacturer in Portugal, and in the last two years its engineers have been working on a challenging project for ESA.
The MELT (Manufacturing of Experimental Layer Technology) project’s goal was to design, develop and test a fully functional ALM breadboard model (3D printer), able to work under the ISS’s (International Space Station) microgravity conditions and 3D print with engineering polymers with high end mechanical and thermal properties.

After winning a public tender, launched by the European Space Agency, this consortium, which included SONACA Space GmbH, BEEVERYCREATIVE, OHB-System AG and Active
Space Technologies SA, has dedicated more than two year to the development of this prototype. BEEVERYCREATIVE was responsible for the design and development of the 3D printer prototype and its operating software.
After successfully proving prototype’s functionality and performance, the prototype has been delivered to ESA.

melt2 Having gathered the know-how in this project, BEEVERYCREATIVE wants to develop a new 3D printer, industry-oriented, for product development departments and rapid prototyping. This new project is being developed by the Portuguese start-up with the assistance of Portuguese ESA brokers, Instituto Pedro Nunes, as consultants to a possible technology transfer from MELT project.

With this new solution from BEEVERYCREATIVE, industries like automotive, footwear, electronic and many others, will use rapid prototyping, with high-end properties, ease of use, material diversity and design flexibility, benefiting overall from time and cost reduction in the product development processes.


Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is a Portuguese private non-profit organisation which promotes innovation and the transfer of technology, establishing the connection between the scientific and technological environment and the production sector. IPN is a member of the ESA Brokers network, supporting the commercialisation/marketing of space technologies in non-space markets and promoting the best and most promising space technologies, companies and academies competences in Portugal.
IPN also coordinates the ESA BIC Portugal, where start-ups who transfer space technology to earth sectors and new companies that are trying to enter the commercial space market, called New Space.
Sérgio Sousa Moreira

About Sonaca Space GmbH:
“SonacaSpace GmbH, since 2016 part of the multinational SonacaGroup, is an e specialist in thermal and structural systems for Space. With a decade of experience in Germany and more than 30 years in Belgium, Sonaca Space offers structural systems, thermal systems, Ground Support Equipment, Mechanism and Instruments, as well as various engineering services from its premises in Berlin (Adlershof) and in Gosselies (Belgium).”
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BEEVERYCREATIVE is a Portuguese company that develops 3D printing technology and intends to be at the forefront of this technology, either by delivering innovative solutions to the market or by developing technology for tailor-made projects.

About OHB Systems AG:
“The systems specialist OHB System AG is one of the leading independent forces in European space. We have been making a name for ourselves on the market with our creative and business approach for a good 35 years particularly in our core business comprising low-orbiting and geostationary satellites. We are developing and executing some of the key projects of our times such as the Galileo navigation satellites, the SARah reconnaissance system, the MTG meteorological satellites, the EnMAP environment satellite, the TET-1 technology testing vehicle and the HispaSat, ELECTRA and EDRS-C telecommunications satellites.”
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About Active Space SA: “Active Space Technologies is a European based company operating in space, aeronautics, nuclear, defence and industry. Active Space Technologies offers bespoke electro-mechanical systems for extreme harsh environments, such as instruments and mechanisms, actuators and wireless sensing systems. Our systems are qualified for high-g, high temperature radiation environments.”
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