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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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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Astronaut Ready to Take 3D Printing Into the Final Frontier (Video)
3D Printer by Made in Space to Fly to ISS
March 26th, 2014
One NASA astronaut launching to the International Space Station in May is ready to 3D print in space. Astronaut Reid Wiseman, bound for the station in May, is looking forward to setting up a 3D printer on the orbiting outpost.
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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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Engineers Build Space Fuel Tank Simulators with 3D Printing (Video)
Lockheed Martin 3D Prints Fuel Tank Simulation with Help from RedEye
May 6th, 2014
Two companies using 3D printing technology recently finished crafting simulators for key pieces of a satellite after two weeks and dozens of hours of work.
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How NASA Will Use 3D Printers in Space (Video)
Made in Space Team During Zero-G Test Flight
November 12th, 2013
Starting next fall, astronauts on the International Space Station won't have to wait months for replacement parts to be launched from Earth. Instead, they can use a newly arrived 3D printer to fabricate the tools and materials they need.
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NASA, MakerBot Launch Contest for 3D-Printed Mars Base
June 6th, 2014
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., and the Brooklyn, New York-based 3D printing company MakerBot are seeking design ideas for a habitat that could house humans on Mars.
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How NASA Is Launching 3D Printing Into Space
Technologists Hold 3-D-Printed Battery-Mounting Plate
February 7th, 2014
The newest adopter of 3D printing isn't some hobbyist in a basement — it's NASA. The agency is already building some of its customized spacecraft and instrument parts using 3D printing.
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