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SME Additive Manufacturing Community Awards at RAPID + TCT 2021

At the recent RAPID + TCT 2021 event, in between interviewing companies, walking the show floor, and watching the keynote presentations, I also had the opportunity to attend the SME…

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ICON Builds Student-Designed 3D Printed Rocket PAD for Moon Missions

As part of the Artemis Generation, a team of undergraduate students from ten U.S. colleges and universities has designed and tested the world’s first 3D printed rocket pad for lunar…

NASA Successfully Tests 3D Printed Rocket Engine Parts

NASA‘s renewed efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 has led to advances in new space technologies to improve processes, and reduce costs and development time. In early…

NASA Announces Collaborations to Advance 3D Printing Technologies for Space Exploration

In only four years, NASA astronauts are expected to land on the Moon as part of the space agency’s ambitious Artemis program that will use innovative technologies to explore more…

ASTM Enters Agreement with NASA to Support 3D Printing

International standards organization ASTM International, which is dedicated to serving global societal needs, announced in 2017 that it was setting up an Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE), and was…

Aluminum-Tin Ink May Be Used for 3D Printing Replacement Parts on the ISS

Authors Z.S. Courtright and C.W. Hill of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center explore the uses of a very specific metallic ink in ‘Optimization of Aluminum-Tin Ink Composition and Sintering in…

Auburn University Receives NASA Contract to Develop 3D Printing Techniques to Improve Liquid Rocket Engines

Back in 2015,  Auburn University and NASA signed a Space Act Agreement for the purposes of exploring and advancing additive manufacturing applications and research together. The university has remained committed to 3D printing, and…

3D Printing GRCop-42: NASA Unveils Special Rocket Engine Alloy

Engineers at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) have recently 3D printed near-fully-dense GRCop-42 components. As is so often the case with today’s 3D…

NASA Successfully Tests 3D Printed Copper Combustion Chamber

NASA is constantly bringing additive manufacturing into use on projects, whether it’s 3D printing rocket engine parts or launching 3D printed CubeSats into space. For several years, NASA has been…

NASA Develops New 3D Printing Method for Fabricating Rocket Engine Nozzles

Rocket engine nozzles are complex and expensive to manufacture, due to the fact that they operate in extreme temperatures and pressures from the combustion process. Additive manufacturing, however, like with…

Metal 3D Printing in the Aerospace Industry — A Few Questions For: Formalloy

Last month, the agenda was announced for next week’s Inside 3D Printing San Diego event, hosted by global events producer Rising Media. It will be held at the San Diego…

NASA Uses Hybrid Process to 3D Print Rocket Engine Igniter From Two Different Metals

Whenever NASA comes up, it’s a pretty good bet that something exciting is happening. The space agency has been doing some amazing work with 3D printing, including building an entirely…

Vector Has Another Successful Test Flight of the Vector-R Launch Vehicle, Featuring a 3D Printed Engine Injector

In May, Vector Space Systems, headquartered in Arizona, launched a successful test flight of its Vector-R launch vehicle engineering model. The Vector-R, which features a 3D printed engine injector, was…

NASA Researchers Devise Method for Real-Time In-Situ Additive Manufacturing Inspection

NASA has made a wide range of forays into 3D printing—and for decades now. From 3D printed rocket engine parts that will pave the way for creating future components to continued…

NASA Fires Up 3D Printed Rocket Engine for Latest Series of Tests

While many people may be ringing in the New Year with some sort of (hopefully legal) fireworks this coming weekend, no one’s display will beat that of NASA, which is…

The Power of 3D Printing to Accelerate NASA Plans for Manned Mars Trip

Just in case you haven’t heard–hanging out on Earth is just so last year, folks. Mars is where it’s at, and 3D printing is of course going to play a…

Tethers Unlimited Wins NASA Grant to Convert Plastic Waste to 3D Printer Filament In Space

NASA has selected the Tethers Unlimited, Inc. Positrusion Recycler for use on the International Space Station and awarded a Phase II SBIR to the company for their patent-pending technology which will…