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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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.
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SpaceX Taking 3D Printing to the Final Frontier
SpaceX Tests 3D-Printed Engine Part
August 21st, 2014
As SpaceX gets ready to launch astronauts into space in the coming years, the California-based company is also pushing the frontier in another field: 3D printing.
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NASA Urged to Accelerate 3D Printing on Space Station
3D Printer by Made in Space
July 30th, 2014
While praising NASA's efforts and focus on in-space manufacturing, the U.S. National Research Council report stressed that the agency should organize its various centers to identify priority projects for use on the station.
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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?
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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.
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3D Printer Cleared for August Launch to Space Station
Made in Space's 3D Printer
June 12th, 2014
A series of trials at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has verified that the 3D printer developed by California-based startup Made in Space meets all the requirements for use aboard the orbiting lab, officials announced today.
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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.
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NASA Is Building the World's First 3D-Printed Space Cameras
Cubesat with 3D Printed Parts
August 8th, 2014
NASA is already working on 3D printing rocket parts, a pizza maker and Hubble Space Telescope photos, but by the end of next month, a NASA engineer is expected to finish building the first space cameras made almost entirely out of 3D printed parts.
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Virgin Galactic to Fly 12 Space Tech Experiments on Private Spaceliner
SpaceShipTwo at 71,000 Feet
June 9th, 2014
As Virgin Galactic prepares to carry paying tourists into space, it's also readying another source of flight cash: carrying tech experiments designed for microgravity.
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