European Space Agency

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Norsk Titanium AMAZEs Summit Attendees With Rapid Plasma Deposition 3D Metal Printing Technology

The European Space Agency (ESA) has done some amazing things lately, from 3D scanning a comet to testing a 3D printed rocket combustion chamber. The agency aims to amaze, or, actually, to…

European Space Agency Releases New 3D Images of Comet 67P

I remember the first time I saw a comet. People had been talking about the upcoming appearance of the comet Hale-Bopp for days; it was expected to be the brightest,…

European Space Agency Signs on with Streago AirSpace for 3D Printing Cloud Service

The increasing complexity of additive manufacturing workflows have created a demand for systems capable of handling ever expanding requirements, and now Streago says their secure, industrial, cloud-based 3D printing business and…

3D Printed Monolithic Ceramic Thruster for Rocket Engine Survives Hot Fire Testing

Space and advanced technology certainly go hand-in-hand, and additive manufacturing is certainly taking its place among the stars. Well–at least near-space. We’ve seen developments in AM techniques lead to prototypes…

European Space Agency Successfully Tests 3D Printed Platinum Alloy Rocket Combustion Chamber

It marks the first time a platinum combustion chamber and nozzle made with 3D printing have been tested under realistic, demanding conditions, and the developers, Airbus Defence & Space, built…

SWISSto12 & ESA Partner to Continue Development of Lightweight 3D Printed Satellite Antennas

As with most new highly progressive technologies that seem to leap onto the scene out of nowhere, lighting the world afire with new products, materials, and inventions–it takes a while for them…

Comet Runner: Will 3D Printing Make Comet Hopping a Reality?

Projects like the 3D Printing in Zero-G Technology Demonstration from NASA on the International Space Station and a London architecture firm’s work with the European Space Agency to consider methods…

Dublin’s Trinity College Receives Funding from ESA to Develop Cold Spray 3D Printing Technology

When you think of Ireland, you might think of leprechauns, tall glasses of Guinness beer, and thick wool sweaters. You most certainly think of the color green. But what about…

ESA Releases New Video Concept and Dialogue On How to 3D Print Moon Bases

When people find out that I write about 3D printing, if they have the frivolity to dismiss the technology as inconsequential, my go-to example is always space. While 3D printing…

European Space Agency Releases Data-Set so You Can Print Your Own Comet 67P

Most people can’t resist the pull of space exploration, although most of us are content to be armchair astronauts. New discoveries in outer space inspire our imaginations and the greater…