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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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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3D-Printed Hubble Telescope Photos Help Blind Touch the Universe (Video)
Testing 3D Printouts of Hubble Photos
January 10th, 2014
Astronomers with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore are using a 3D printer to turn Hubble images into textured pictures, opening up the wonders of the universe to people who are visually impaired.
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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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3D Printing on Mars Could Be Key for Martian Colony
A 3D-printed concept of a Mars colony. 3D printing could be one of the core technologies a Mars colony will depend on to make spare parts and even build structures.
October 3rd, 2013
3D printing on the surface of Mars might provide a way to create a sustainable human colony on the Red Planet, advocates say.
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3D-Printed Rocket Part Passes Biggest NASA Test Yet (Video)
August 28th, 2013
The biggest 3D-printed rocket part built to date survived a hot-fire test, generating 10 times more thrust than any previous injector made by 3D printing, the space agency announced.
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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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Europe Launches Space Metal 3D Printing Project
3D Printed AMAZE Logo
October 22nd, 2013
The European Space Agency has rolled out a new initiative to refine 3D printing techniques to make space-grade metal parts. The project, called AMAZE, aims to spur innovations that could one day allow astronauts to print their own metal tools in space.
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