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Christo Dordlofva
Christo Dordlofva

Christo Dordlofva

Postdoctoral position
Luleå University of Technology
Product Innovation
Humans and Technology
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
+46 (0)920 493540

Additive manufacturing in space applications

Christo's research focuses on design and qualification of products in space applications manufactured using metal additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing. In the spring of 2020 Christo received his PhD with the dissertation "Qualification Aspects in Design for Additive Manufacturing". Within industry, Christo has worked with development of components for rocket engines at GKN Aerospace in Trollhättan, Sweden.

AM brings the possibility to design products with complex geometries, optimised topology and integrated functions, which is alluring for the space industry with its high-risk products in low volume production. At the same time, process instability and material defects impede the immediate use of AM in mission critical components that are not allowed to fail. Space applications are especially exposed since there is no way to repair or replace damaged parts.

Product quality in AM is a question of understanding the product design AND controlling the AM process. An understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the AM process is needed to fully utilize AM in the development of new and innovative products. The aim of Christo's research is to contribute to the industrialization of AM in space applications by understanding the important steps in the design and qualification of AM products.


Conference paper

Drivers and Guidelines in Design for Qualification using Additive Manufacturing in Space Applications (2019)

Dordlofva. C, Borgue. O, Panarotto. M, Isaksson. O
Part of: ICED19, s. 729-738, Cambridge University Press, 2019
Conference paper

Using Demonstrator Hardware to Develop a Future Qualification Logic for Additive Manufacturing Parts (2019)

Dordlofva. C, Brodin. S, Andersson. C
Part of: Proceedings of the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2019, International Astronautical Federation, 2019, IAC-19-C2.5.11