Going Big in Space with 3D Printing

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A California-based company hopes to reduce the time and cost associated with building and launching large structures into space by using 3D printers to assemble the objects in space instead of on Earth.

“In August, the California-based Made In Space announced that its 3D printer created multiple polymer-alloy objects over 24 days inside a thermal vacuum chamber (TVAC) at the NASA Ames Research Center in June. According to the company, this was the first time a 3D printer had built extended structures (the largest was a 33.5-in. beam) in space-like conditions.

“This is an important milestone, because it means that we can now adaptively and on demand manufacture things in space,” said Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush. “We have significantly de-risked that technology.”

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Categories: Aerospace