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Airbus and IBM Developing a 3D Printed Robot Named CIMON to Support Astronauts on the ISS

Airbus and IBM Developing a 3D Printed Robot Named CIMON to Support Astronauts on the ISS

Robots, no matter if they’re big or small, soft or humanoid, have a prime purpose of helping humankind in some way, whether they’re teaching children about coding and robotics, working to repair cars and construct buildings, or assisting in surgery. 3D printing guru Hod Lipson believes that someday, robots will be everywhere in our lives, […]

Robots, no matter if they’re big or small, soft or humanoid, have a prime purpose of helping humankind in some way, whether they’re teaching children about coding and robotics, working to repair cars and construct buildings, or assisting in surgery. 3D...
Production of 3D Printed Promethus Rocket Engine Demonstrator Moves Along with New €75M Contract

Production of 3D Printed Promethus Rocket Engine Demonstrator Moves Along with New €75M Contract

In 2030, European launcher engines will look quite different than they do today. That’s the goal, anyway, and the development of the Prometheus demonstrator engine is a good start. Prometheus is an engine for the technological era, utilizing 3D printing and digital engine control and diagnostics, and it’s a demonstrator for future engines that will […]

In 2030, European launcher engines will look quite different than they do today. That’s the goal, anyway, and the development of the Prometheus demonstrator engine is a good start. Prometheus is an engine for the technological era, utilizing 3D printing and...
3D Printing News Briefs: December 15, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: December 15, 2017

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting with some aerospace 3D printing, then moving on to business announcements, new releases, and 3D printed art. The European Space Agency has released its first prototype design for a 3D printed satellite, while Northrop Grumman is looking for 3D printing partners to develop metal aerospace parts. Graphene […]

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting with some aerospace 3D printing, then moving on to business announcements, new releases, and 3D printed art. The European Space Agency has released its first prototype design for a 3D printed satellite,...
Airbus Used Robotics and 3D Printing Technology to Build Record-Breaking Fully Electric Satellite

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 their workflows. Airbus in particular has adopted metal 3D printing to make nozzles and drilling templates, a hydraulic component, and other titanium parts for aircraft; […]

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 their workflows. Airbus in particular has adopted metal 3D printing to make nozzles...
Benefits and Challenges of 3D Printing in Aeronautics and Automotive Industries

Benefits and Challenges of 3D Printing in Aeronautics and Automotive Industries

From needs to solutions, the technology on display at last week’s IN(3D)USTRY event at Fira Barcelona kept the focus on today’s developing realities in industrial 3D printing. A very busy conference agenda featuring 55 experienced speakers over the three days of the event, IN(3D)USTRY was a part of Barcelona Industry Week 2017 which drew an […]

From needs to solutions, the technology on display at last week’s IN(3D)USTRY event at Fira Barcelona kept the focus on today’s developing realities in industrial 3D printing. A very busy conference agenda featuring 55 experienced speakers over the three...
The ESA Explores 3D Printing on Earth and Beyond

The ESA Explores 3D Printing on Earth and Beyond

Sometimes when a new technology leaves the laboratory, it goes off to perform its functions in an industrial setting, research facility, or educational institute. Sometimes, though, its installation may be quite literally out of this world — and that’s just what the European Space Agency (ESA) sees as the future of 3D printing. During this […]

Sometimes when a new technology leaves the laboratory, it goes off to perform its functions in an industrial setting, research facility, or educational institute. Sometimes, though, its installation may be quite literally out of this world — and that’s...
Airbus Defence and Space Enhances Satellite RF Filter Production with Metal 3D Printing

Airbus Defence and Space Enhances Satellite RF Filter Production with Metal 3D Printing

When it comes to 3D printing in the aerospace sector, France-based Airbus is one of the biggest adopters of the technology, and the company has teamed up with big names in the additive manufacturing industry like Dassault Systèmes, Sciaky, and Renishaw to develop and incorporate 3D printed airplane components. Recently, the company’s Defence and Space division, […]

When it comes to 3D printing in the aerospace sector, France-based Airbus is one of the biggest adopters of the technology, and the company has teamed up with big names in the additive manufacturing industry like Dassault Systèmes, Sciaky, and Renishaw to develop and...
3D Printed Hydroponics Part of Large-Scale Space Travel Simulation

3D Printed Hydroponics Part of Large-Scale Space Travel Simulation

There’s been a lot of talk lately about traveling to the moon, Mars or both. 3D printing has a lot to do with every stage of the planned journey into space, whether it’s through the construction of the rockets that will take us there or the habitats we will build upon arrival. What sometimes gets lost […]

There’s been a lot of talk lately about traveling to the moon, Mars or both. 3D printing has a lot to do with every stage of the planned journey into space, whether it’s through the construction of the rockets that will take us there or the habitats we...
International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing ‘Steers Clear of the Hype’, Announces Full Speaker Lineup

International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing ‘Steers Clear of the Hype’, Announces Full Speaker Lineup

3D printing technology and the industry that has sprung up around it continues to grow with a momentum that seems never-ending. If you have been wondering about its staying power or future as a true force, just take a look at the speaking panel lined up for the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D […]

3D printing technology and the industry that has sprung up around it continues to grow with a momentum that seems never-ending. If you have been wondering about its staying power or future as a true force, just take a look at the speaking panel lined up for the...
ESA and MTC Team Up to Open Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Centre

ESA and MTC Team Up to Open Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Centre

3D printing is nothing new to the European Space Agency (ESA). The ESA, after all, was the agency to propose building a 3D printed base on the moon, and regularly makes 3D printing headlines for everything from conductive 3D printed CubeSats to 3D printed bricks made from simulated moon dust. Now the agency has partnered with […]

3D printing is nothing new to the European Space Agency (ESA). The ESA, after all, was the agency to propose building a 3D printed base on the moon, and regularly makes 3D printing headlines for everything from conductive 3D printed CubeSats to 3D printed bricks made...
A PEEK into Space: ESA’s Newest CubeSats Feature 3D Printed Electrically Conductive Bodies

A PEEK into Space: ESA’s Newest CubeSats Feature 3D Printed Electrically Conductive Bodies

The European Space Agency (ESA) has long been a fan of 3D printing, successfully testing a 3D printed platinum alloy rocket combustion chamber in 2015, announcing on more than one occasion that it planned to use 3D printing to build a human-occupied base on the moon, and opening a new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory to study 3D […]

The European Space Agency (ESA) has long been a fan of 3D printing, successfully testing a 3D printed platinum alloy rocket combustion chamber in 2015, announcing on more than one occasion that it planned to use 3D printing to build a human-occupied base on the moon,...
3D Printing Launches George Watson’s College to Victory in ESA CanSat Competition

3D Printing Launches George Watson’s College to Victory in ESA CanSat Competition

You’ve likely heard of CubeSats, but what about CanSats? The CubeSat’s smaller cousin is a satellite that, yes, fits in a can, and it’s used mostly for educational purposes. While, unlike CubeSats, a CanSat has never left the atmosphere, they’re great tools for teaching young people engineering and data-gathering skills. It’s not technically a satellite, […]

You’ve likely heard of CubeSats, but what about CanSats? The CubeSat’s smaller cousin is a satellite that, yes, fits in a can, and it’s used mostly for educational purposes. While, unlike CubeSats, a CanSat has never left the atmosphere,...
ESA 3D Prints Sturdy Bricks from Sunlight and Moon Dust

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 of us, though. We’ve heard quite a bit lately about potential future travel to the moon and Mars, and it doesn’t involve just dropping in […]

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 of us, though. We’ve heard quite a bit lately about potential future travel to the moon and Mars,...
Tiny 3D Printed Structures from Simulated Martian Soil Could Be a Preview of Bigger Things to Come

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 far as I know. The question of the moment is not if we’ll ever get there, but when – and who will get there first. […]

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 far as I know. The question of the moment is not if we’ll ever get there, but...
ESA Artist in Residence Envisions the Spiritual Center of the Moon, and It’s 3D Printed

ESA Artist in Residence Envisions the Spiritual Center of the Moon, and It’s 3D Printed

Near the south pole of the moon, where the sun is low in the sky, one deep crater, stretching 4.2 km down into the lunar soil, is in perpetual darkness. In sharp contrast, the crater’s rim features bright peaks almost constantly lit by the sun. It’s called the Shackleton Crater, and it’s not only a striking […]

Near the south pole of the moon, where the sun is low in the sky, one deep crater, stretching 4.2 km down into the lunar soil, is in perpetual darkness. In sharp contrast, the crater’s rim features bright peaks almost constantly lit by the sun. It’s called...
Ogle Models & Prototypes Tapped to 3D Print Components for Mars Rover Prototype

Ogle Models & Prototypes Tapped to 3D Print Components for Mars Rover Prototype

World-class prototyping company Ogle Models & Prototypes, based in the UK, has been called on to help with numerous projects involving 3D printing, like this British Telecom phone model and parts for the remote-controlled AutoNaut drone. But the next project the company has been tapped for will take it out of this world (please pardon […]

World-class prototyping company Ogle Models & Prototypes, based in the UK, has been called on to help with numerous projects involving 3D printing, like this British Telecom phone model and parts for the remote-controlled AutoNaut drone. But the next project the...
Physicists Create 3D Printable Map of the Oldest Light in the Universe

Physicists Create 3D Printable Map of the Oldest Light in the Universe

One of primary obstacles standing in the way of innovation in the 3D printing industry is limitations in production size. Though this is still an issue for many applications here on planet Earth, it hasn’t stopped researchers from utilizing additive manufacturing to explore the endless confines of our universe. In the recent past, 3D printing […]

One of primary obstacles standing in the way of innovation in the 3D printing industry is limitations in production size. Though this is still an issue for many applications here on planet Earth, it hasn’t stopped researchers from utilizing additive manufacturing to...
ESA Opens New Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory for Study of 3D Printing, Other Advanced Technologies in Space Missions

ESA Opens New Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory for Study of 3D Printing, Other Advanced Technologies in Space Missions

All eyes have been on NASA lately, with the July 4th arrival of the Juno spacecraft to Jupiter’s orbit making international (perhaps interplanetary?!) news. Like nearly all of NASA’s endeavors nowadays, Juno brought with it several 3D printed components, the first interplanetary spacecraft to do so. The European Space Agency (ESA), however, has never been one […]

All eyes have been on NASA lately, with the July 4th arrival of the Juno spacecraft to Jupiter’s orbit making international (perhaps interplanetary?!) news. Like nearly all of NASA’s endeavors nowadays, Juno brought with it several 3D printed components,...
Lunar 3D Printing as Pitstop to Life on Mars

Lunar 3D Printing as Pitstop to Life on Mars

According to the head of the European Space Agency, it will be at least 15 years before we can expect humans aboard a flight to Mars. The US space agency NASA is operating on a similar timeline with hopes to have astronauts making a Martian landing by the mid-2030s. It’s not just a matter of overcoming distance, […]

According to the head of the European Space Agency, it will be at least 15 years before we can expect humans aboard a flight to Mars. The US space agency NASA is operating on a similar timeline with hopes to have astronauts making a Martian landing by the mid-2030s....
Major Thumbs Up from the ISS: Astronaut Tim Peake Applauds UK Students’ 3D Printed Rocket Inhaler Caps

Major Thumbs Up from the ISS: Astronaut Tim Peake Applauds UK Students’ 3D Printed Rocket Inhaler Caps

If you have asthma and have ever had to use an inhaler, that’s scary and inconvenient enough in itself—but when this condition is handed down to or erupts in children, it can be so much more frightening. Watching little ones struggle to breathe, and trying to ease their suffering, can be extremely challenging. And at […]

If you have asthma and have ever had to use an inhaler, that’s scary and inconvenient enough in itself—but when this condition is handed down to or erupts in children, it can be so much more frightening. Watching little ones struggle to breathe, and trying to ease...
3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week–January 23

3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week–January 23

This week’s news starts with a Kickstarter campaign and a design competition, and it also covers news from i.materialise and Materialise blogs, business news from Norsk Titanium and Premium AEROTEC, and another business update from CGHT (Changing Technologies). Finally, the ESA has announced that a lunar village could potentially replace the International Space Station. Really? Kickstarter […]

This week’s news starts with a Kickstarter campaign and a design competition, and it also covers news from i.materialise and Materialise blogs, business news from Norsk Titanium and Premium AEROTEC, and another business update from CGHT (Changing Technologies)....
Project Orion: NASA’s Mission to Mars Relies on Designs of Past & Future, Powered by 3D Printing

Project Orion: NASA’s Mission to Mars Relies on Designs of Past & Future, Powered by 3D Printing

Have you ever noticed that children, upon being asked what they want to do when they grow up, often respond with the most difficult professions possibly attainable? It all seems so possible when you are five. I want to be President. I want to be a neurosurgeon. I want to be an astronaut. As we […]

Have you ever noticed that children, upon being asked what they want to do when they grow up, often respond with the most difficult professions possibly attainable? It all seems so possible when you are five. I want to be President. I want to be a neurosurgeon. I want...
ESA Taps BEEVERYCREATIVE to Help Develop a 3D Printing Breadboard for the ISS

ESA Taps BEEVERYCREATIVE to Help Develop a 3D Printing Breadboard for the ISS

In the past few years 3D printing has slowly but surely begun transforming the aerospace industry. It started simply enough, with prototyping and testing, and then developed into the development of end-use metal 3D printed components being used in engines and aircraft. From there 3D printing worked its way over to NASA and commercial spaceflight […]

In the past few years 3D printing has slowly but surely begun transforming the aerospace industry. It started simply enough, with prototyping and testing, and then developed into the development of end-use metal 3D printed components being used in engines and...
Editor’s Choice: 15 of the Coolest 3D Printing Stories of 2015

Editor’s Choice: 15 of the Coolest 3D Printing Stories of 2015

2015 has been quite a year. Personally, I’ve loved it; I got married, bought a house, hit a milestone birthday, and became editor-in-chief of this great site. I’m almost sad to see 2015 winding down (only a few hours left!) but I’m hopeful that the momentum that this year has provided will propel 2016 right […]

2015 has been quite a year. Personally, I’ve loved it; I got married, bought a house, hit a milestone birthday, and became editor-in-chief of this great site. I’m almost sad to see 2015 winding down (only a few hours left!) but I’m hopeful that the...
European Space Agency Reiterates Its Plan to Build 3D Printed Base on the Moon

European Space Agency Reiterates Its Plan to Build 3D Printed Base on the Moon

For a while, the European Space Agency has been talking about the possibility of creating a base on the moon, using 3D printing for a large part of its construction. So far it’s been a lot of speculation, but this month the ESA reaffirmed that they are very serious about the plan – they intend to have […]

For a while, the European Space Agency has been talking about the possibility of creating a base on the moon, using 3D printing for a large part of its construction. So far it’s been a lot of speculation, but this month the ESA reaffirmed that they are very...
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