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.
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In-Space Satellite Construction May Be Coming Soon
'Stash & Deploy' Cubesat Service
August 12th, 2015
Space manufacturing company Made In Space is teaming with NanoRacks, which helps commercial customers make use of the International Space Station, to develop an orbital construction-and-deployment service for tiny satellites known as cubesats.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – April 12, 2015
Skywatcher Joe Wiggins snapped this photo of the April 4 total lunar eclipse from his front yard on a cold, cloudless morning in Centennial, Colorado.
April 12th, 2015
A total lunar eclipse wowed skywatchers and two private spaceflight companies tackled big challenges. These, and more, are Space.com's picks for the best space stories for the week of April 12.
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3D Printing Puts Giant Star System in Palm of Your Hand
A 3D-printed model of the Homunculus Nebula is compared to a Hubble Space Telescope image of the object.
February 24th, 2015
Most astronomers rely on flat images to study cosmic objects, but a group of researchers is taking an alternate approach: They're creating 3D-printed models of a star system in order to study its physical characteristics and investigate its mysterious pas
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Students Aim for Space with 3D-Printed Rocket Engine
UCSD students at Mojave Test Facility
July 1st, 2015
A group of university engineering students have created — and successfully test-fired — a 3D-printed rocket engine. The students aim to eventually launch tiny satellites to space.
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1st Parts from 3D Printer in Space About to Get a Close-Up (Video)
Unboxing the First 3D Printed Items from Space
April 8th, 2015
On Monday (April 6), NASA engineers took their first looks at the parts cranked out by the International Space Station's 3D printer.
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Space Station's 3D Printer Makes Wrench From 'Beamed Up' Design
International Space Station Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore shows off a ratchet wrench made with a 3D printer aboard the orbiting lab. The wrench and other parts will return to Earth for comparison with ground samples in early 2015.
December 23rd, 2014
The wrench, along with the 19 other objects built by the orbiting 3D printer thus far, will travel to Earth early next year, where engineers will compare the objects with ground samples produced by the same machine before it launched.
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Made In Space Launches 'Space-Grade' 3D Printing Material for Sale
Made in Space 3D Plastic Filament
April 16th, 2015
They made the first 3D printer to be used in space possible. They made the files used to 3D print their tools in space available. Now, Made In Space is making the material used to 3D print in space for sale.
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Incredible Technology: Spiderlike Robots Could Build Giant Space Structures
Tethers Unlimited envisions using spider-like robots (seen here in an artist's concept) to assemble huge structures in space.
April 6th, 2015
A company called Tethers Unlimited is developing an in-space manufacturing system called "SpiderFab," which would use arachnidlike robots to put together large objects in orbit or beyond.
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Europe's 1st Zero-Gravity 3D Printer Headed for Space
Portable On-Board 3D Printer
January 30th, 2015
Europe is set to send its first 3D printer into the final frontier this year to experiment with zero-gravity manufacturing on long space voyages.
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