NASA Develops 3D Printer For Space Missions
The space exploration agency contracted Made In Space to build the printer for the International Space Station.
NASA has partnered with space manufacturing company Made In Space to develop a 3D printer built specifically for microgravity.
The 3D printer is built to withstand the environment in space and uses extrusion additive manufacturing to build items layer by layer using polymers and other materials.
3D technology is already becoming very popular on earth and it has already been proven useful in several areas, including the design and medical fields. The potential uses of 3D technology in space colonization and flight is certainly not lost on the space exploration agency and the many companies focused on space research.