The home-improvement store Lowe's and Made In Space, the company behind the world's first zero-G 3D printer, are launching a manufacturing facility on the International Space Station.
Within five years, companies could begin in-orbit manufacturing and assembly of communications satellite reflectors or other large structures, according to Made in Space.
Planetary Resources, which aims to extract water and other useful materials from asteroids, has 3D-printed an object using metals from a space rock.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Johns Hopkins University $545,00 to study additive manufacturing techniques to make cooling chambers for liquid rocket engines.
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.
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.
On Monday (April 6), NASA engineers took their first looks at the parts cranked out by the International Space Station's 3D printer.
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.
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.
The first-ever hand tool to be emailed up to the International Space Station can now be downloaded to anywhere on Earth.