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Hard Science and Education Both Win with 3D Printed Craters from the Moon and Mars

Last week a pair of scientists spoke at the Geological Society of America (GSA) conference in Baltimore about the many benefits of converting 3D topographical data gathered from the surface…

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How the Perseverance Rover with 3D Printed Parts Is Thriving on Mars

Following a seven-month journey, NASA’s Perseverence Rover touched down at Mars’s Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021. Since then, mission controllers have made a lot of progress, including capturing the…

LiDar and its Applications Part 3 – Micro-Topography

Topographic Map Briefly in the previous article, I brought up a topic or domain that is vital for different LiDar applications. In college, I distinctly remember in some of my…

Made in Space Developing Interferometer, Collaborating with Lowell Observatory On In Space Manufacturing

Tipping point technology continues to expand via the NASA/Made in Space collaboration resulting in the Archinaut. And as this project geared up several years ago, few of us probably realized…

NASA Funds Antimicrobial 3D Printing Materials for Space Applications

NASA has awarded $1.13 million to researchers from the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) and Chilean nanotechnology company Copper3D to develop and test two new recyclable and antimicrobial materials for…

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Terran Mars Habitat Being 3D Printed by ICON for NASA

Texas-based additive construction company ICON just announced that it’s been charged with creating a 3D printed habitat, called the Mars Dune Alpha, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, also in Texas….

Redwire ISS Experiment Targets In-Space 3D Printing with Lunar Regolith

Space manufacturer Redwire will send new hardware to the International Space Station (ISS) to demonstrate 3D printing with lunar regolith simulant in microgravity. This milestone could be a major leap…

10 3D Printing Projects Enter Phase II of NASA’s SBIR Program in 2021

Each year, NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards contracts to small businesses across the United States to spur research and commercialization of innovative space technologies. As a renewed…

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NASA Funds 36 Space 3D Printing Projects—Here Are the 15 Most Exciting

NASA’s latest funding of space technology projects includes plenty of 3D printing innovation proposals. Out of a total of 289 US small businesses and 47 research institutions to receive initial…

Relativity Space Secures $3M NASA Contract to Launch CubeSats in 2022

The U.S. space agency’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has allotted contracts to three companies on December 11, 2020, to launch small satellites (SmallSats) to space, including CubeSats, microsats, and nanosatellites….

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Formnext Connect: Aerospace 3D Printing Remains Resilient

This year’s digital edition of Formnext managed to gather the additive manufacturing (AM) community in an unprecedented event. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the leading exhibition transformed into a…

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Bioprinting in Microgravity: Where Do We Stand?

A crucial part of translating biomedical research and technology into space health means space crew will have to create their own functional cells, tissues, and even organs. Although the realization…

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Deep Dive into 3D Printing in Microgravity for Future Space Exploration

The extraordinary advantages of a weightless laboratory have fascinated scientists for decades. That’s because observing phenomena and processes in microgravity conditions can help prepare the field for deep-space human explorations…

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3D Printing Off-Earth: ISS National Lab Hosts AM in Space Workshop

Off-Earth manufacturing is beginning to shed some light on how humans could live in orbit. The development of in-situ resource capabilities, like in-space manufacturing, for sustaining life and mobility in…

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