How 3D Printing Could Reshape Space

Scientists are exploring how additive manufacturing— also known as 3D printing— could help create new tools to help astronauts survive in the dark recesses of space as well as more closely examine the properties these planets possess that could yield a more hospitable environment.

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A team of engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory unveiled a specialized form of space fabric produced via 3D printing. The researchers built this material, which resembles chain mail, by adding each layer of material on top of each other to build the desired object.

The material has four essential functions: reflectivity, passive heat management, foldability and tensile strength.

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