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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…

NASA Refines Space Station Urine Recycling with 3D Printing

While additive manufacturing (AM) on Earth advances, so too do the possibilities in space. We have yet to see the 3D printers aboard the International Space Station (ISS) save the…

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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…

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Bioprinting on the ISS: Russian Cosmonaut 3D Prints Cartilage in Space

You may wonder what the point is of 3D printing in space; after all, isn’t that something we can do on terra firma—and spend other, more valuable time performing experiments…

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NASA Funds 3D Printing Projects for Upcoming Era of Space Exploration

Driven by Moon exploration, space tourism, spacecraft manufacturing, and orbital infrastructure, space agencies and private companies worldwide have developed ambitious plans for the future of spaceflight. This heightened interest in…

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Ahead of Historic Demo-2 Astronaut Launch: All SpaceX Has 3D Printed

Overcrowded virtual launch parties and events will help usher in a new era of spaceflight as people gather today to witness NASA‘s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight. The event is a…

Cosmonauts Will Bioprint Bone Tissue for Mice in Space

Moscow-based bioprinting company 3D Bioprinting Solutions has engaged in a series of unique experiments in orbit thanks to a space bioprinter of their own design, the Organ.Aut. It was the…

Improvements to the BioFabrication Facility on the ISS Thanks to Lithoz

Scientific discoveries and research missions beyond Earth’s surface are quickly moving forward. Advancements in the fields of research, space medicine, life, and physical sciences, are taking advantage of the effects…

NASA Director Talks Industrialized Biomedicine in Space at IAC

“We are on the cusp of once again launching American astronauts on rockets from American soil for the first time since the retirement of the shuttle in 2011. We now…

3D Bioprinting Solutions: The First Bioprinting Company in Russia

3Д Биопринтинг Солюшенс, also known as 3D Bioprinting Solutions, is the only company developing bioprinting technology and bioinks for commercial use in Russia. Back in the summer of 2014, they…

3D Printing in Space: Metal Printing in µ‐Gravity Shows Promise

3D printing in micro gravity is garnering growing interest from scientists and aerospace engineers—and especially as such activity grows at the International Space Station. German and French researchers explore the…

The International Space Station Has a New Partner in Regenerative Medicine

Scientific investigations conducted by people on the International Space Station (ISS) are currently contributing to our knowledge in many fields. The research alliance between the University of Pittsburgh’s (Pitt) McGowan Institute for…

Made In Space is Helping Human Space Colonization Become a Reality

Back in 1998, five space agencies began a collaboration to build the International Space Station (ISS), but building it on the ground and then launching it into space in one…

Over a Dozen US Additive Manufacturing Proposals will Receive NASA’s SBIR and STTR Awards

NASA is looking to develop technologies that will break boundaries in space, such as pilotless aircraft or solar panels, that could help humans live on the Moon and Mars. During…

NASA Nebraska Space Grant Means Further Collaboration with Copper3D to Study Microbial Risk in Space

Chilean startup Copper3D and 3D printing endeavors at the International Space Station are both interests we have followed actively—but never together up until last year when NASA expressed interest in…

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…

From Human Cartilage to Rodent Thyroids: Russian Cosmonaut Is First to Bioprint in Space

Bioprinting in space has been a concept we’ve heard about recently, but as is often the case with 3D printing technology, there was only a very short build-up before it…

NASA and Freelancer Challenge Designers to Create Arm for Astrobee Flying Robot

NASA is a big fan of crowdsourcing and contests, whether it’s a global headlining competition like the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge or something smaller to stimulate the creativity of students. To launch these…

Allevi and Made In Space Partner Up for New Initiative: 3D Bioprinting in Outer Space

3D bioprinting company Allevi, formerly known as BioBots, is on a mission to make it easier for scientists and researchers to design and engineer 3D tissues. The company, which was founded…

Zero Gravity Bioprinter is Ready for Delivery to the International Space Station

An amazing thing happened two years ago, when Techshot and nScrypt worked together to 3D print a human heart – in zero gravity. Not a working heart, yet, but the two…

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…

NASA Awards Made In Space New Contract for Vulcan Hybrid 3D Printer, Successfully Launches First Deep Space-Bound CubeSats

Made In Space has built a long and respectable track record of, well, making things in space. The company was responsible for the first 3D printer ever to be launched into…

3D Printing News Briefs: April 20, 2018

We’re getting right down to business today in 3D Printing News Briefs – Identify3D and atum3D are both announcing new collaborations and partnerships, and Made In Space has received an…