3d printing in space

The Refabricator Will Be Recycling Plastic and 3D Printing Onboard the ISS Next Year

In 2015, NASA awarded Washington-based technology firm Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to continue developing its Positrusion Recycler, which recycles plastic waste into 3D…

Made In Space Announces That Final 3D Printed Test Shield for Radiation Experiments Aboard the BEAM Is Complete

Earlier this summer, we heard about radiation experiments being conducted on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This experimental module, made by Bigelow Aerospace, was…

Made In Space Successfully Manufactures First Extended 3D Printed Objects in a Space-Like Environment

In 2015, space manufacturing company Made In Space revealed that it had completed successful tests that indicated that its newest generation of 3D printers would be fully functional in the vacuum…

Made In Space to 3D Print Susan G. Komen Pink Ribbon in Space

On Sunday, May 28th, the 101st iteration of the Indianapolis 500 took place, and history was made as Japanese driver Takuma Sato became the first Asian driver to win the…

Students to Study Corn Syrup in the Sky for a Better Understanding of 3D Printing in Microgravity

If you’ve ever squeezed honey or syrup out of a bottle, you may have noticed that the thick, sticky liquid does a curious thing when it’s poured – it coils,…

3D Printing in Space: Optomec Wins NASA Contract to Develop Adaptive Laser Sintering System

Optomec is on a mission to advance 3D printed electronics, and they’ve been very busy and productive towards fulfilling that mission lately. A couple of weeks ago, the company received…

Enterprise in Space Announces ‘Print the Future Contest’ Winning Teams and Their 3D Printable Space Experiments

We first heard about the Print the Future competition in October of 2016. Enterprise in Space (EIS), a nonprofit program of the National Space Society (NSS), and the Kepler Space Institute…

Researchers Developing Self-Replicating 3D Printers for the Moon

We’ve heard a lot about how 3D printing is the future of space exploration. One of the reasons the technology is so critical to space travel is that having a…

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…

ISS Astronauts 3D Print Radiation Shields for Experiments Aboard the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module

Last April, the eighth SpaceX resupply mission carried the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, to the International Space Station. Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace made the experimental module, which was…

3D Printing News Briefs: May 16, 2017

3D printing, investments, and filaments, oh my! In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, Cytosurge’s FluidFM 3D printer wins an award at the IDTechEX Show!, while Print the Future is the…

Made In Space Releases Video Renderings of Archinaut 3D Printer; CEO Andrew Rush Tells Us More About the Project

Last year, NASA began the Archinaut project, or, as it’s formally titled, Versatile In-Space Robotic Precision Manufacturing and Assembly System. To describe the project, undertaken in collaboration with several partners,…

3D Printing News Briefs: May 5, 2017

In this week’s second helping of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re talking about challenges and awards, 3D printer distribution, and a little business. Airwolf 3D is sponsoring the fourth annual…

ESA 3D Prints Sturdy Bricks from Sunlight and Moon Dust

In the future, we will live in houses made from sunlight and moon dust. Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? It could be reality for some…

3D Printing in Space: Florida Institutes to Research Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Space Exploration

In an effort to strengthen the United States through manufacturing, the government established the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, better known as Manufacturing USA, in 2014. As several of these…

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 3D Prints Flexible Metal Space Fabric

Lately, when we hear about new developments in space exploration, it’s almost a guarantee that 3D printing will be involved somehow. We’re putting 3D printed components in our rocket engines and…

Aerojet Rocketdyne and the Future of 3D Printing in Space

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a space and rocket engine company that has made the space shuttle engines, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile engines for the Minuteman and other ICBMs, Atlas V stages and…

Additive Manufacturing Education for Space and Prosthetics: City Tech Receives $1.3M in STEM Research Grants

Students in New York City attending City Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering & Industrial Design Technology will be able to graduate as double threats as manufacturing skills are woven heavily…

Made In Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility Celebrates First Anniversary Among the Stars

How time flies. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been an entire year since Made In Space launched its Additive Manufacturing Facility to the International Space Station. Yet while it seems as…

Northwestern University Researchers 3D Print Flexible Objects with Simulated Lunar and Martian Soil

Just a few days ago, scientists from Fotec revealed that they had 3D printed small structures from simulated Martian soil. The structures, a small conical dwelling and a portion of a wall,…

Tiny 3D Printed Structures from Simulated Martian Soil Could Be a Preview of Bigger Things to Come

Mars is a big topic of conversation right now among aerospace agencies, tech companies, governments, and just about anyone with any interest in space – which is most people, as…

Eyal Gever’s #Laugh Project Concludes as Winning Design is 3D Printed on the International Space Station

One year ago, artist Eyal Gever announced a project unlike anything that had ever been done before: he planned to take the sound waves from a recording of laughter and turn…

Mission Accomplished: Majestic and Made In Space 3D Print the Internet from the ISS

Last year, search engine provider Majestic announced an ambitious goal – they were going to 3D print the Internet. All of it. From space. While the announcement may have raised an eyebrow or…

Astronauts 3D Print the First Medical Supplies in Space, Which Can Also Teach Us More About Healthcare on Earth

Earlier this month, we told you about Dr. Julielynn Wong, a medical doctor, scientist, and the founder of social enterprise 3D4MD, and her ongoing project to 3D print medical tools in…