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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…

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SpaceX Successes Drive off-Earth Innovation, So Do Its Failures

After a highly anticipated test launch, SpaceX‘s Starship SN11 prototype finally lifted off for a planned test flight. Climbing up from out of the cloud deck at the company’s South…

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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…

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From Magnets to Harpoons: How to Catch Space Debris

The world’s first commercial test mission to locate and remove space debris has finally launched to space. On March 22, 2021, Astroscale’s End-of-Life Services demonstration (ELSA-d) mission took off from…

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3D Printing and the Future of Space

Undoubtedly the most exciting frontier for human exploration, outer space is a gateway to probing promising worlds, looking for biosignatures in the atmospheres of exoplanets, or pushing the boundaries of…

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First 3D Printed Circuit Launched into Space

Information tech company L3Harris has announced that they have launched a 3D printed Radio Frequency (RF) circuit at the International Space Station. This launch is part of NASA’s Materials International…

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ICON Builds Student-Designed 3D Printed Rocket PAD for Moon Missions

As part of the Artemis Generation, a team of undergraduate students from ten U.S. colleges and universities has designed and tested the world’s first 3D printed rocket pad for lunar…

Orbex to Europe’s “Largest” Industrial 3D Printer to Build Rocket Parts

Private launch service provider Orbex is getting ready to send its first rockets to polar orbit in 2022. During the past five years, the innovative UK startup has been developing…

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Rocket 3D Printing Gets IPO Boost via Rocket Lab SPAC Merger

3D printing is becoming a hot commodity once more as numerous startups make their way to the stock market via mergers with special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). The latest is…

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Single-Piece 3D Printed Rocket Engine Passes Fire Test in India

Indian space startup AgniKul Cosmos has developed and test-fired a fully 3D printed rocket engine. Produced as a single component in one run, the higher stage semi-cryogenic liquid propulsion engine…

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NASA Advances New Alloys and Scale of Metal Additive Manufacturing

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Paul Gradl will be speaking at 3DPrint.com’s upcoming AMS online industry summit (Feb 9-10, 2021). Register here. Additive manufacturing (AM) has enabled new and significant design and manufacturing…

Tiny 3D Printed Rocket Thruster Could Democratize Nanosatellites

A study out of MIT shows the first proof of concept for a 3D printed electrospray rocket thruster, built to help nanosatellites navigate orbit. Not only is the new thruster…

Startup Accelerator: Ursa Major is 3D Printing Rocket Engines to Grow Space Economy

In the next decades, the space economy will drive advances in innovation, technology, and manufacturing. In 2020, space leaders like Aerojet Rocketdyne, Made In Space, and SpaceX hit new milestones…

Georgia Middle Schoolers 3D Print Parts for the Space Station

At Dade County Middle School in Trenton, Georgia, two students have 3D printed parts for the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the HUNCH (High school students United with…

ARTEMIS I Mission: NASA’s Orion Capsule Ready to Fly to the Moon

With NASA gearing up for its upcoming mission to the Moon, 2021 will be a big year for space news. Ramping up its ambitious plans to return humans to the…

Sintavia Expands Rocket 3D Printing with Two New M4K-4 Metal 3D Printers

Florida-based Sintavia has expanded its metal 3D printing capabilities in order to grow its capacity for 3D printing rocket parts. The printers it has acquired are no ordinary metal 3D…

NASA Successfully Tests 3D Printed Rocket Engine Parts

NASA‘s renewed efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 has led to advances in new space technologies to improve processes, and reduce costs and development time. In early…

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Top 10 Space 3D Printing Stories That Made 2020 Unique

In a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, it seems difficult to look beyond the outbreak, lockdown measures, and serious consequences to the global economy. Time Magazine even declared 2020…

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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ESA Aims to Extract Oxygen from Moon Dust and 3D Print Metal with the Remnants

For those following from afar the various projects geared toward additive construction on the Moon or Mars, one thought may not have occurred: what about oxygen? How will astronauts breathe…

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Blue Origin: 3D Printed Lunar Lander Engine Could Take First Woman to the Moon

Throughout Blue Origin’s 20-year history, the aerospace manufacturer has taken steps to make access to space cheaper and more reliable by developing rocket engines, launch vehicles, and capsules that will…

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Redwire Successfully 3D Prints Ceramic Turbine Part in Orbit

Manufacturing turbine parts with additive manufacturing (AM) technology has helped accelerate product development, creating very complex and intricate part geometries without the need for any tooling. Aerospace companies have been…

ESA Award: Dawn Aerospace to Develop Novel 3D Printed Combustion Chambers

Space launch provider Dawn Aerospace announced it had received €385,000 to develop an additively manufactured combustion chamber for high performance and high combustion pressure rocket engines. The company said the…

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Rocket Lab’s Successful Booster Recovery Could Lead to Reusable 3D Printed Rockets

New Zealand space startup Rocket Lab had a very successful year. Early on in March 2020, it was selected by NASA to launch the Pathfinder Mission to the Moon. Then,…