NASA has been working to develop SpiderFab, a robotic 3D printing and assembly system that could build structures in orbit.

NASA has been working with Tethers Unlimited to develop SpiderFab, a robotic 3D printing and assembly system that could fabricate components in space. The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program recently awarded Tethers Unlimited $500,000 to continue developing the technologies.

SpiderFab adapts additive manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing and robotic assembly technologies to enable space systems to fabricate and integrate large components such as antennas, solar arrays, sensor masts, and shrouds in orbit.

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