European Space Agency

In-Space Metal 3D Printing from Incus to Be Tested by ESA

Crewed moon missions may still be years away, but space agencies are getting ready for the day when humans will once again explore the lunar surface, driving discovery, innovation, and…

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Students’ In-Space 3D Printing Experiment Works in Zero-G Test

Advances in space technology and manufacturing processes have helped to lower costs and reduce entry barriers to space. Still, space is expensive. Today, all spacecraft are developed, tested, and assembled…

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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…

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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Bioprinting in Microgravity: Where Do We Stand?

A crucial part of translating biomedical research and technology into space health means space crew will have to create their own functional cells, tissues, and even organs. Although the realization…

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ESA and Zortrax 3D Print PEEK Composites for Built-in Electronics

Polish 3D printing solutions provider Zortrax has been working with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the last year to figure out how to use 3D printing to fabricate high-performance…

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First Rocket from UK Soil: the Orbex Prime 3D Printed Rocket

In what could be considered a major step forward for the United Kingdom (UK)’s space program, Orbex announced it will be the first company to launch its rocket into orbit…

Artemis Program: Airbus to Build Third Module for Orion Moon Mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continue working together on what is considered a modern-day version of the Apollo program. Better known as…

BEEVERYCREATIVE Continues Work with ESA: New ISS 3D Printer to be Developed

BEEVERYCREATIVE first established an outer space connection in 2016, when the Portuguese company was asked by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a breadboard, or prototype, 3D printer for…

An Assessment of the Conditions Needed for 3D Printing A Village on the Moon

For a few years now, the European Space Agency (ESA) has been talking seriously about building a habitable village on the moon, and 3D printing is a big part of…

International Consortium Delivers New Microgravity 3D Printer Prototype to European Space Agency

The majority of our planet is on a race to the outer regions of space, and it’s a well-known fact now that 3D printing can help us remain there for…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…