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Simulation Complete: Pioneer Crew Wraps Up Year-Long Mission in 3D Printed Mars Habitat

After 378 days of living in a Mars-like 3D printed habitat, NASA’s Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) crew emerged on July 6, 2024, bringing with them vital insights…

LEAP 71’s AI-Designed Rocket Engine Passes First Hot-Fire Test

Dubai tech-driven space innovator LEAP 71 successfully tested a 3D printed rocket engine designed entirely by an A.I. model called Noyron. This engine, made from copper, was designed autonomously without…

2024 NASA Grants Feature Top 3D Printing Tech

NASA has again proven its commitment to innovation by awarding nearly 250 small business teams funding to develop cutting-edge technologies. This year’s Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and…

Why Do We Have to Pretend We’re Going to 3D Print Homes on Mars?

Maybe someday we’ll 3D print houses on Mars. But how much effort and time would it take to get there? And, is it even a good goal? Recently, at AI…

Metal Engine Nozzle 3D Printed for Intuitive Machines’ Lunar Mission

Intuitive Machines, the Houston-based space exploration company, used an electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system made by Sciaky, Inc. to produce an engine nozzle for its Odysseus lunar lander. In…

Metal 3D Printing Accomplished on Space Station, Marking New Era in Orbital Manufacturing

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) can now 3D print metal parts. After the successful installation of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) metal 3D printer last January, the first…

3D Printing News Briefs, June 8, 2024: Flame-Retardancy, Scanner Upgrade, & More

We’re starting with a new flame-retardant plastic powder by Siemens Mobility and the LEHVOSS Group, and then moving on to an Artec 3D 3D scanner upgrade and an automated quality…

India’s Agnikul Successfully Launches Maiden Rocket with 3D Printed Engines

Chennai, India-based space startup Agnikul successfully launched its first flight on May 29, 2024. Mission 01 sent the Agnibaan SubOrbital Technological Demonstrator (SOrTeD) on a suborbital flight from India’s first…

3DPOD Episode 201: Aerospace Manufacturing with Oluseun Taiwo, Solideon CEO

Oluseun Taiwo began working with Optomec’s take on directed energy deposition (DED), LENS, as a student and later gained experience at Argonne National Laboratory, Rocket Lab, Arconic, Virgin Orbit, and…

Draper Engine Hotfire is Ursa Major’s Latest Win for 3D Printed Rocket Motors

Ursa Major, the Colorado-based specialist in rocket motors made with additive manufacturing (AM), has announced the successful hotfire test of the Draper, a liquid engine that the company claims has…

Europe’s New Rocket Set to Launch Polymer 3D Printing Technology into Space

Europe’s space capabilities are set to take a significant leap forward with the upcoming launch of the Ariane 6 rocket. Scheduled for its debut flight in July 2024, this new…

UW-Madison Engineers 3D Print RAM Devices in Zero Gravity with NASA Funding

Engineers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) 3D printed RAM (Random Access Memory) device units in zero gravity to show that electronic components can be produced in space. This capability…

ISRO Successfully Tests 3D-Printed Liquid Rocket Engine for 665 Seconds

On May 9, 2024, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully conducted a long-duration hot test of a 3D printed liquid rocket engine. The tested engine, known as PS4, is…

Northrop Grumman Taps SWISSto12 to 3D Print RF Antennas

Previously, radio frequency (RF) antenna 3D printing expert SWISSto12 has collaborated with Lockheed, CAES, and the European Space Agency (ESA), and has secured a 25 million Swiss Franc loan. Now,…

NASA Backs Project for 3D Printing Space Sensors

NASA granted $300,000 to Florida State University (FSU) and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) to pioneer a project using 3D printing to develop cutting-edge sensors capable of withstanding the…

3D Printing News Briefs, May 4, 2024: Inkjet Materials, 3D Printed Mac Clone, & More

May the 4th be with you, fellow Star Wars fans! In this edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, Quantica and ALTANA Cubic Ink are working together to expand future inkjet…

BLT’s 3D Printing Tech Fuels China’s Gravity-1 Rocket Launch

As China continues to advance its position in the global space race, the successful deployment of the Gravity-1 rocket by Chinese startup Orienspace last January marks a significant milestone. Launched…

Orbex Lands £16.7M to Advance UK Space Ambitions with 3D Printed Rocket

As UK spacecraft manufacturer Orbex navigates the complexities of rocket development, a new £16.7 million ($20.7 million) investment could provide a crucial boost. This latest funding round reinvigorates the company’s…

Daring AM: Rocket Lab Shoots for the Stars, Astrobotic Wants to 3D Print on the Moon

Once again, space exploration teams up with the 3D printing industry, launching projects that could change how we explore space. Pioneering space manufacturer Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) secured a $14.49…

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Relativity Space Lands $8.7M Air Force Contract for Real-time Flaw Detection in 3D Printing

Relativity Space has landed an $8.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to carry out real-time flaw detection during the 3D printing of large parts. The…

3D Printing Miracles: Kessler Syndrome

We’ve always analyzed the 3D printing market, focusing on what needs to change to find more applications, become more cost-effective, and increase our yield. However, consider a thought experiment where…

Purdue Teams Power 3D Printed Rocket Chamber with Elementum 3D’s Aluminum Powder

Self-landing rockets essentially changed the space sector, transforming it from a niche research segment to fully fledged industry. To continue driving the technology forward, new generations of engineers are expanding…

One Win Changes Everything: Sidus Space on their 3D Printed Satellite’s Successful Launch

You have to have a special kind of temperament to work in the space industry. It’s not just that you can’t be afraid to fail, for instance. You essentially have…

Stoke Space Deploys Solukon’s Automated Depowdering for 3D Printing Reusable Rockets

The space industry continues to thrive with the help of additive manufacturing (AM), which, as AM Research says in its “3D Printing in Commercial Space” report, offers many advantages over…