3D Printing In Space: 21st Century Space Manufacturing and Technology
The rise of 3D printing technology is not confined to Earth. Private companies, NASA and other groups are quickly developing new concepts to launch 3D printing into the final frontier. See the latest news, videos and photos of 3D printing in space here.
A robotic rover named Helelani assembled the pad on Hawaii's Big Island late last year, putting together 100 pavers made of locally available material in an effort to prove out technology that could do similar work in space.
Researchers have used a 3-D printer to make customized ceramic par3D-Printed Ceramics Could Build Next-Gen Spaceshipsts that have also overcome the Achilles’ heel of ceramic objects: their tendency to crack. Could it be used in the design of spacecraft?
California-based startup Made In Space is partnering with home-improvement giant Lowe's to launch a commercial 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) early next year, representatives of both companies announced today (Oct. 29).
The $25,000 first prize in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge Design Competition went to Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office for their "Mars Ice House" design, which looks like a translucent, smooth-edged pyramid.