Project Examples

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Thruster Unit

"Thruster unit using low toxic monopropellant for use in small satellites. Currently in joint development with vale maker Takasago Electric, Inc. [2019]. Goal is to produce a compact component as a domestic solution for reduction of R&D and costs for Japanese satellite makers.
*Research subsidized from National Research and Development Agency New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization [NEDO]."

Category In-House
Duration 2018 -
Assignment Design / Manufacture / Assembly
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World's Smallest Hand Spinner

Assisted in production of the world's smallest hand spinner using Minebea's world's smallest ball bearing of 1.5mm. YUKI Precision designed, produced and assembled the hand spinner wings. The challenge was to achieve the record small size while balancing strength to withstand rotational forces involved in spinning.

Category Contract
Clients MinebeaMitsumi Inc.
Duration 2017/6 - 2017/12
Assignment Design / Manufacture / Assembly
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Injector for Rocket

Original hypothetical bi-propellant rocket injector, demonstrating our design and machining technologies. Design points include weight reduction as well as reduction of weld structure for strength and reliability along with feasibility of machining processes. Made of Inconel with 56 holes of 0.4mm, 1mm, 2mm. To achieve efficient flow channels within a small space, fine deep holes were necessary to be drilled, with the longest being 2mm diameter at 30mm depth.

Category Joint R&D
Clients News Digest Publishing Co., Ltd.
Duration 2017/1 - 2017/10
Assignment Design / Precision Machining
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Tanpopo Mission

The Tanpopo Mission is to assess the panspermia hypothesis and the possibility of natural interplanetary transport of microbial life and possible terrestrial particles in the low Earth orbit. YUKI Precision was tasked to produce the enclosure for the aero gel of the "Capture Panel" pictured here. The Capture Panel was exposed at the Exposed Facility [ExHAM] located on the exterior of the Japanese Kibo module of the ISS.

Category Contract
Clients JAXA ISAS / Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
Duration 2015/5 - 2018
Assignment Precision Machining
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HTV Small Re-entry Capsule Nozzle

Thruster nozzle for RCS system using EBM additive process and precision machining technology. Additive manufacturing technologies are becoming important in the space industry and challenges include surface roughness and precision. Valve interface and nozzle machined for precision. YUKI Precision applied precision machining technology after AM to realize the needed specifications. Research done under grant from METI. The HTV Small Re-entry Capsule successfully returned to earth from the ISS in fall of 2018, utilizes nozzles based upon this research.

Category Joint R&D
Clients JAXA Research and Development Directorate
Duration 2013/4 - 2016/4
Assignment Precision Machining
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RICE MAPPING

Technological assistance for “RICE MAPPING” exhibit at TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK in MILANO 2015 held in Milan, Italy. Showcases Japanese technology in the form of drilling a 0.3mm hole in a grain of rice to thread a 0.02mm tungsten wire through. Video of Japan was projected on the floating grain of rice of just 5mm in height.

Category Joint R&D
Clients Drill Inc.
Duration 2015/2 - 2015/4
Assignment Precision Machining
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Tourbillon

Joint project with Hajime Asaoka, an independent watchmaker representing Japan, and OSG Corporation, precision tool maker. With the passionate desire to create a world-class watch from Japan, this watch features a uniquely original designed tourbillion, a super-complex mechanism, with over 130 parts precision machined.

Category Joint R&D
Clients HAJIME ASAOKA
Duration 2012 -
Assignment Planning / Precision Machining
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ARTSAT2 DESPATCH

"ARTSAT: Satellite Art Project" defines satellites orbiting the earth and spacecrafts introduced into the deep space as "media that connects the universe and the earth". This is a joint art experiment developed with Tama Art University and the University of Tokyo. DESPATCH is a spacecraft with a spiral cone produced by 3D printing, footprint within about 50cm square and a weight of about 32kg. Launched on December 3, 2014, aboard the H-IIA as a small secondary payload to the main Hayabusa satellite. SOLIZE Co., Ltd. [3D printer modeling department] and Nishi Musen Kenkyusyo Co., Ltd. [radio equipment] participated as project members. YUKI Precision participated in design and manufacture of structural components.

Category Contract
Clients Tama Art University / The University of Tokyo
Duration 2013 -
Assignment Design / Manufacture
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LUNAR DREAM CAPSULE PROJECT

A joint project of private companies for children to experience moon and space as a familiar world, the challenge is reaching the moon 380,000km away. The "LUNAR DREAM CAPSULE PROJECT” is to be sent to the moon as a time capsule, contains Pocari Sweat powder as a symbol of “water” that is important to humanity, along with dreams gathered from children around the world. YUKI Precision designed and manufactured the dream capsule.

Category Contract
Clients ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD.
Duration 2014 -
Assignment Design / Manufacture
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WNISAT-1

WNISAT-1 is a micro satellite with a mass of 10kg for the purpose of observing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. It is equipped with blue, green, and red visible light camera and near-infrared light camera to observe the state of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean at high frequency. The observation results will be used by Weathernews to predict the distribution of sea ice and contribute to the safe navigation of ships passing through the Arctic Ocean. YUKI Precision helped in advice of structural design and structure production.

Category Contract
Clients Axelspace Corporation
Duration 2012 - 2013
Assignment Design Assistance / Manufacture
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Satellite Thruster Test Bench

Test bench to measure thrust of thruster rockets of satellites. The equipment can be calibrated remotely from outside the vacuum chamber. Used in testing many types of prototype propulsion systems.

Category Contract
Clients JAXA Research and Development Directorate
Duration 2009 -
Assignment Design / Manufacture
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Cluster Nozzle

Thruster nozzle developed by Propulsion Research Group at JAXA. Prototype testing model designed and produced by YUKI Precision. Nozzle contours and throat diameter requiring micron precision. Pressure sensing orifices are 0.3mm in diameter. Small drill and small diameter endmill is required for precision machining.

Category Contract
Clients JAXA Research and Development Directorate
Duration 2008 -
Assignment Design / Manufacture