Niki Werkheiser

REFABRICATOR TO RECYCLE, REUSE PLASTIC INSTALLED ON SPACE STATION

The first integrated recycler and 3D printer was successfully installed onboard the International Space Station into the station’s experiment racks. This technology demonstration, called a Refabricator, will turn plastic materials of various sizes and shapes into feedstock used to 3D print items. The entire process happens in a single automated machine about the size of […]

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 […]

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