Congratulations to Civil Engineering graduate student Mikhail ‘Misha’ Osanov, who earned a spot as a finalist in the 2015 Stratasys CubeSat Challenge!

According to the challenge website, “the CubeSat is a standardized 10cmX10cmX10cm cube (known as 1U), having a mass of not more than 1.33 kg, and housing all the basic functionality for a research satellite. It has become the standard small research satellite built by Universities, Aerospace Startups, and independent Makers around the world and is one of the fastest growing segments of the aerospace industry.”

Osanov placed 11th out of 203 entries for this year’s challenge, whose goal is to design a small satellite frame optimized for additive manufacturing.

Osanov used 3D printing to create his design, which allows the design of nearly free-form structures, an ideal in combination with Topology Optimization (TopOpt), a mathematical algorithm, which aims to obtain an optimal structure given loading and boundary conditions. The core of his CubeSat design was obtained using a TopOpt algorithm, which in this case aims to maximize stiffness under the volume and equilibrium constraints

To view more photos and details of his design, click here.

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