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A Holistic Approach to Metal 3D Printing Process Selection for Aerospace Parts

Summarized by Tessa Fedotowsky, Paul Gradl, Darren Tinker NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Metal additive manufacturing (AM) use in the aerospace industry has become more prevalent in the last decade…

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NASA Lunar Contractor Masten Space Files for Bankruptcy, Furloughs Staff

In January 2022, pioneering space infrastructure company Masten Space Systems was preparing for its first mission to the Moon. “It will be the first of many Masten missions,” said the…

Canada and AON3D Send 3D Printed Part to Space for Medical Research

As the commercial space landscape continues to expand into a larger private market, 3D printed parts produced here on Earth are finding their way into space. This week, AON3D,  a…

NASA Enlists GrabCAD Community to Design Solar Shade

NASA is seeking the public’s help to develop a solar shade for astronomers to better study Earth-like planets outside of our solar system. If you’re a member of the GrabCAD…

Electronics 3D Printing Technology Completes Latest Parabolic Flight Testing, CEO Explains

A spinoff company out of NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in California has created a plasma-based 3D printing process for electronics using a single-step approach that doesn’t require heat or…

NASA 3D Prints Space-Bound Parts with Formlabs Machines

SpaceX’s 25th commercial resupply services (CRS-25) mission will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the International Space Station (ISS) crew, including 3D printed electroplated samples. The supporting parts…

Rocket Lab’s 3D Printed Engine Powers NASA CAPSTONE Satellite Mission

A flawless launch by Rocket Lab’s (NASDAQ: RKLB) Electron spacecraft on June 28, 2022, was just the beginning of NASA’s highly awaited Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation…

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: June 26, 2022

Events for this week have already started, like the ISTE Live conference for technology in education down in New Orleans. Stratasys continues its Experience Tour in Ohio, Divide by Zero…

rp+m 3D Printed the Seats for Boeing’s Starliner Spacecraft

3D printing service bureau Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing (rp+m) revealed via social media that a team of engineers at its Ohio headquarters had 3D printed the seats used by Boeing’s…

Rocket Lab to Provide Solar Cells for NASA’s 2025 GLIDE Mission

Next-generation launcher manufacturer Rocket Lab (NASDAQ: RKLB) will manufacture the solar array panel (SAP) to power NASA’s GLIDE (Global Lyman-alpha Imagers of the Dynamic Exosphere) mission that will study the…

NASA Funds 3D Printing Research in 2022 SBIR/STTR Awards

Out of 333 proposals that NASA is funding as part of its 2022 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, 24 are either creating new…

US Space Force Awards Launcher $1.7M Contract for 3D Printed Rocket Engines

It’s a whirlwind ride for up-and-coming startups in the booming private space industry. According to a Space Capital report, there have been $252.9 billion in cumulative global equity investments into…

NASA Copper Alloy Qualified for Use with VELO3D Metal 3D Printers

Velo3D announced that it has qualified GRCop-42, a NASA-developed copper-chromium-niobium alloy, for use with Velo’s Sapphire range of metal 3D printers. Velo3D, a leading additive manufacturing (AM) startup based in…

Hypersonics Take Flight: NASA’s New Metal 3D Printing Alloy Takes 1000°C Heat

Key to the function of proposed hypersonic vehicles, which have proven challenging to the U.S., are high-temperature materials, such as metals oxygen dispersion strengthened (ODS) metals and ceramics. ODS materials…

NASA’s Artemis Thruster Redesigned with 3D Printing

As NASA pushes forward on at its Artemis missions to return to the moon, Aerojet Rocketdyne turned to VELO3D and nTolpology to redesign a 60 year old manifold for a…

3D Printing Projects Blast Off in NASA’s 2023 Budget Request

On March 28, 2022, we learned that the White House is requesting $26 billion for NASA’s budget in 2023, allowing the space agency to sustain America’s global innovation leadership and…

X-Bow Exits Stealth Mode with Solid 3D Printed Rocket Motors

Space technology company X-Bow Launch Systems has emerged from stealth mode to reveal its solid-fuel rocket motors, along with a suite of small launch vehicles for both orbital and suborbital…

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NASA’s Futuristic Projects: 3D Printed Spacesuits and Micro-Robot Swarms

Seeking visionary innovations that could propel space exploration, NASA has selected more than a dozen early-stage studies to evaluate technologies to support future aeronautics and off-Earth missions. Funded by the…

NASA Spinoff Deploys Large Format Metal 3D Printing for Space Components

The space industry is undergoing a gradual evolution wherein additive manufacturing (AM) is deployed to improve the quality of components. According to the “3D Printing in Commercial Space: The AM…

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12 Companies Launched by Space 3D Printing Under New NASA Contract

NASA has selected 12 companies to provide commercial launch services for the agency’s Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) missions, with contracts totaling $300 million. The list includes big-league…

NASA Highlights Space 3D Printing Commercialization

Over the last four decades, NASA has produced more than 2,000 innovative technologies that have become commercial products for life on Earth. These include notable spinoffs like memory foam, baby…

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Handheld Bioprinter Could One Day Heal Astronaut Injuries

A SpaceX Dragon resupply mission carrying 6,500 pounds of science experiments, including a handheld bioprinter prototype, is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) after launching on December…

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‘Leaked’ Elon Musk Email Raises Specter of Raptor Production Issues, SpaceX Bankruptcy

Is SpaceX going to Mars? Will the Raptor engines help launch the Starship super-heavy rocket any time soon? Will SpaceX go bankrupt? These and many more questions have been raised…