Welcome Aboard: The First 3D Printer in Space Docks at the ISS (VIDEO)

It’s official! A 3D printer has made it into space! Last weekend, the uncrewed Dragon spacecraft from Space X was loaded up with 5,000 pounds of cargo, including one piece of baggage precious to those in the 3D printing community: the Made In Space Zero G Printer, a 3D printer specifically designed to operate in the absence of gravity. Continue reading “Welcome Aboard: The First 3D Printer in Space Docks at the ISS (VIDEO)”

Houston, We Have a Printer: To Boldly Print Where No One Has 3D Printed Before

While most of us spent Christmas Eve spending time with family, American astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins were out for a walk . . . 260 miles above Earth. Conducting what was only the second Christmas Eve spacewalk in NASA’s history, the two astronauts successfully replaced an ammonia pump module, which is a massive component of the International Space Station’s (ISS) cooling systems. The spacewalk was ordered after the ISS was determined to be in “too vulnerable a state” to wait for supplies from an unmanned rocket scheduled for January. Continue reading “Houston, We Have a Printer: To Boldly Print Where No One Has 3D Printed Before”

NASA to 3D print biomaterial tools, food, human tissue, building materials.

Getting people to the moon is going to involve 3D printing in some way, though likely multiple ways. One of many ways using moondust to print lunar bases. In a separate but related development, the Ames Research Center was one of 12 projects to receive NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase 1 awardsworth $100,000. Continue reading “NASA to 3D print biomaterial tools, food, human tissue, building materials.”