Additive Manufacturing

RESEARCHING 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY ON THE ISS

Crew members on the International Space Station re-installed the first 3D printer in orbit, during the week of June 27, 2016, to continue research on the developing technology and how it can be used in space. Three-dimensional printing offers a fast and inexpensive way to manufacture parts on-site and on-demand, a huge benefit to long-term […]

ISS CREW 3-D PRINTS FIRST STUDENT DESIGNED TOOL IN SPACE

When NASA fired up the Additive Manufacturing Facility on the International Space Station to begin more testing of the emerging 3-D printing technology in orbit, one college student in particular watched intently. In autumn of 2014, a high school senior in Enterprise, Alabama, Robert Hillan entered the Future Engineers Space Tool design competition, which challenged […]

NASA LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR HOMESTEADING IN SPACE

When moving from one city to another, people rarely bring their house with them — they just rent, buy or build a new one. Astronauts don’t have the luxury of a realtor on other planets, or even a hardware store in space. They generally bring everything they might need on their journey, no matter how […]

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