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New Multi Material 3D Printing Combines Different Metals and Ceramics into Single Part

The Fraunhofer family of German research institutes is endlessly inventing novel methods for manufacturing and supplementary technologies. The latest, this time from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems…

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Swarm of 3D Printed CubeSats to Be Launched from ISS in 2021

Negotiations are underway to launch the first round of satellites from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021. As part of an interdisciplinary project dubbed “Swarm of Small Spacecraft”, engineers…

Researchers Investigate Applicability of Using 3D Printing for Mass Production of Satellites

As the world works to find faster, more cost-effective ways to get to space, it’s necessary to test out innovative, modern technologies, such as 3D printing, rather than stick to…

One of the World’s Heaviest Satellites was Produced Using 3D Printing

On July 22nd, the heaviest commercial satellite ever launched was sent into space. Weighing in at more than 7,000 kilograms. Telstar 19 Vantage was built by spacecraft manufacturer SSL for Canadian operator…

3Ding and Student Team 3D Print a Very Light Satellite

It doesn’t take fancy equipment to build a satellite anymore. Small companies, schools and even individuals armed with 3D printers are capable of creating CubeSats, small, boxlike satellites that are…

Cornell University Prepares Two 3D Printed CubeSats for Launch as Part of NASA Initiative

There have been many great inventions over the last 50 years, and it’s hard to say what the greatest has been, but one invention that is at least up there…

Students 3D Print CubeSats in Hopes of NASA Launch

In 2016, wildfires devastated part of the state of Tennessee, around Gatlinburg. More than a dozen people were killed, and many more were injured, while thousands of homes and businesses…

CRP Group Prepares to Hit CES 2018 with 3D Printed Motorcycles, Drones and Satellites

We’ve been doing a lot of looking back at 2017 over the past few days, as the new year approaches. The coming of a new year, however, also involves a…

3D Printed MakerSat Gets Ready to Test 3D Printing Materials in Space

Last year, history was made by a group of students in Idaho who designed, 3D printed and assembled the state’s first satellite. Now, it’s finally time for that satellite to…

Airbus Used Robotics and 3D Printing Technology to Build Record-Breaking Fully Electric Satellite

Due to the freedom of form and reduced production time, cost, and weight that 3D printing offers, many industries, including the aerospace sector, make good use of the technology in…

Virtual Reality and 3D Printing Among Technologies to be Used at Lockheed Martin’s New $350M Satellite Production Facility

Lockheed Martin has been pouring a lot of money into new facilities lately, both their own and others’. In July, the company invested $1 million in the first additive manufacturing…

First Commercial Space Station Set to Launch in 2020; Axiom Plans to Use It As a Manufacturing and 3D Printing Hub by 2027

In 2014, history was made as the SpaceX Dragon supply freighter docked with the ISS, carrying supplies and the first 3D printer in space, the Made In Space zero-gravity 3D…

University of New South Wales Sees Launch of 3D Printed CubeSat, Awaiting Confirmation That All is Working Properly

Last week, the first Australian satellite launched in 15 years took off from the International Space Station. The CubeSat is part of the QB50 project, an initiative that involved sending a group…

Thales Alenia Space Thinks Big with Plans for Larger 3D Printed Satellite Components

So many 3D printed or partially 3D printed satellites have been launched into space at this time, it’s hard to believe it’s only been two years since the first one…

18-Year-Old 3D Prints Lightest Satellite to Ever be Launched into Space

Satellites are getting smaller and smaller, and 3D printing has a lot to do with that, as we’ve seen from the prevalence of 3D printed CubeSats. In further evidence that…

Space Systems Loral Launches a New Satellite and a New Era of Manufacturing With Partially 3D Printed JCSAT-110A

JCSAT-110A, formerly known as JCSAT-15, was launched into space in December 2016 at the request of Japan’s SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, a leading satellite operator responsible for most of the…

Amid an Increasingly Competitive Market, Boeing Turns to 3D Printing for Satellite Production

Boeing has been on board with 3D printing for quite some time now. While numerous aerospace companies have been embracing the technology, Boeing is one of the more creative –…

3D Printed Russian CubeSat Will Be Placed into Orbit from the ISS This July

There have been many big announcements and firsts when it comes to 3D printing items for space, and in space. The small but mighty TruClip was sent to the International…

The MakerSat, Idaho’s First Satellite, is 3D Printed and Ready for Launch

The development of CubeSats is something we consistently follow in the news. The small, inexpensive, cube-shaped satellites may be humble-looking, but they’re likely to bring us, in the near future, information we’ve…

Aerojet Rocketdyne to Mature 3D Printed MPS-130 CubeSat Propulsion System for NASA

“We didn’t invent 3D printing, but we sure are making it better.” – Aerojet Rocketdyne   Next to the medical field, as we follow the significant impacts 3D printing is…

3D Printed CubeSat Among 50 Satellites to Be Launched into the Thermosphere This December

At the top of my bucket list is finally seeing the Northern Lights. Although auroras very occasionally make an appearance where I live, they’re a rarity, and I’ve missed them…

Singapore Startup Uses 3D Printed Fuel to Launch Self-Made Rocket in Australia

The use of 3D printing technology for space exploration has grown to be quite a common occurrence. NASA has recently claimed to use specially formulated 3D printed ceramics to create…

Rosatom to Develop Russia’s First Industrial Metal 3D Printer for Nuclear Industry

From Sweden to the United States, a number of tech-trailblazing countries have been looking at 3D printing technology as an emerging tool for the development of parts for nuclear power plants….

Russians Sending 3D Printed CubeSat Nanosatellite to ISS on March 31, Will Orbit for Six Months

Although 3D printing is certainly carving out a huge place in manufacturing, research and development—and history–there are many who still don’t really understand what it does, outside of allowing for…