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.
Read More
Welcoming the Era of In-Space Manufacturing
Mike Snyder (right) and Jason Dunn of Made In Space get the company's 3D printer ready for its September 2014 launch toward the International Space Station. The machine printed its first part in orbit on Nov. 24, 2014.
November 25th, 2014
An op-ed by Mike Snyder, lead engineer for Made In Space, whose 3D printer just produced its first part aboard the International Space Station.
Read More »
NASA Launches Student Contest for 3D-Printed Astronaut Tools
Made in Space's 3D printer
October 2nd, 2014
You don't have to become an astronaut to use the International Space Station's new 3D printer.
Read More »
Space Station's 3D Printer Makes 1st Part
International Space Station commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore holds up the first 3D printed part made in space. The part, an extruder plate (a piece of the printer itself), was made on Nov. 24, 2014.
November 25th, 2014
The milestone marks a key step toward a future in which voyaging spaceships print out their own spare parts on the go and colonists on other worlds make what they need from the dirt beneath their boots, 3D printing advocates say.
Read More »
World's First Zero-Gravity 3D Printer Installed on Space Station
WIlmore Installs 3D Printer
November 17th, 2014
Space station commander Barry Wilmore installed the 3D printer inside the orbiting lab's Microgravity Science Glovebox Monday. The machine and its software are in good operating condition, and the first test items will likely be printed sometime Monday.
Read More »
Zero-G 3D Printer Set for Launch: What Will Be Made In Space First?
Made In Space Sample 3-D Printed Parts
September 19th, 2014
The first-ever item to be 3D printed in space is being kept a well-guarded secret. The first 3D printer designed to operate in zero-g is set to launch to the space station to learn if 3D printing is viable in orbit. But what will it print first?
Read More »
Star Explosion's Strange Shape Revealed in 3D (Video)
A 3D-printed model of the Homunculus Nebula is compared to a Hubble Space Telescope image of the same object in this NASA photo.
August 15th, 2014
A double-lobed star explosion seen by the Hubble Space Telescope has a more complicated backstory than astronomers ever imagined, according to a 3D model of the ill-fated star's eruption.
Read More »
How 3D Printing Could Aid Space Exploration
International Space Station commander Barry WIlmore installs the orbiting lab's first 3D printer on Nov. 17, 2014.
November 25th, 2014
The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced its first part today (Nov. 21). The milestone moment marks a big step toward a future in which humanity explores far beyond its home planet, some experts say.
Read More »
NASA's Most Complex 3D-Printed Rocket Part Yet Passes Test (Video)
Rockets with 3D-Printed Injectors
November 8th, 2014
NASA tested two rockets with 3D-printed injectors modeled after the rocket that could one day send humans to Mars.
Read More »
World's First 3D Printer in Space Will Launch This Month
3-D Printer at Marshall Space Flight Center
September 2nd, 2014
The 3D printer, which is scheduled to launch toward the orbiting lab Sept. 19 aboard SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule, could help lay the foundation for an in-space manufacturing economy, agency officials say.
Read More »