Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo", Bolivia

The two DropTES teams of Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" (Left: Team2020; Upper right: Team 2015). Credit: Fabio Richard Diaz Palacios

"Being accepted for the very first time as a Bolivian team to the DropTESprogram was such a life-changing opportunity, not just for the University itself, but for the students that usually have expectations to learn about space research and engineering. In the first project of 2015, we developed tests related to smart materials and biomedical devices for the heart, giving us the opportunity to analyze how our blood and medical devices perform under microgravity conditions. And for the second project of 2020, we developed a liquid 3D printing technic to be tested under microgravity conditions. This kind of program shows the students that nothing is impossible and even space research is reachable from any part of the world." - Eng. Fabio Richard Diaz Palacios, Mgr., Project Coordinator


Mission e-patches awarded to Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo".

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Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" was the winner of the 2nd round and 7th round of DropTES opportunities in 2015 and in 2020.
The objective of the team in 2015 was to examine and evaluate the property of an alloy of Nickel and Titanium "Nitinol" under the microgravity environment. Nitinol has a shape memory that allows it to return to its original form by heating after deformed. The team had an ambitious goal to apply this alloy to future space applications in order to reduce the complexity of design and lower the costs. The team would also like to examine the possibility to use Nitinol in the medical field.
In 2020, the objective of the experiment is to determine the 3D printing feasibility under microgravity conditions, measure intra-structure remaining liquid resin after light exposure, and compare manufacturing time, amount of used material while processing the same piece between 2 different approaches.

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