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How a Team of Students 3D Printed a Lunar Rocket Pad Prototype

Early in 2021, a multidisciplinary team designed and tested the world’s first 3D printed rocket pad prototype for lunar missions. Built at a Texas Military Department location in Camp Swift,…

Redwire ISS Experiment Targets In-Space 3D Printing with Lunar Regolith

Space manufacturer Redwire will send new hardware to the International Space Station (ISS) to demonstrate 3D printing with lunar regolith simulant in microgravity. This milestone could be a major leap…

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Pangea and Aenium to Use NASA Additive Superalloy for 3D Printed Rocket Engine

Spanish startups Pangea Aerospace and Aenium Engineering will have the exclusive capabilities to develop and industrialize advanced 3D printed propulsion systems in Europe made from an innovative copper-alloy material created…

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3D Printed BioPods Could Grow Plants Anywhere, on Earth and in Space

Unveiled at the 2021 Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the design for the first inflatable plant cultivation pod holds a lot of potential for expanding sustainable farming on…

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In-Space 3D Printing Builds Part for ISS Water Recovery System

Ever since Redwire’s first commercial microgravity plastic 3D printer was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2016, it has provided in-orbit fabrication services and produced more than 200…

Tronix3D Acquired by Agile Space Industries to Ramp up Aerospace 3D Printing

Agile Space Industries (Agile), a developer of propulsion engines for spacecraft, acquired the 3D printing service bureau Tronix3D for an undisclosed amount and rebranded it as Agile Additive. The wholly-owned…

Fabrisonic’s Ultrasonic Welding Prints Parts for NASA and Commercial Industry

NASA has a long history of supporting U.S. entrepreneurs, helping them turn their innovations from ideas into commercial products. Hundreds of small businesses have leveraged the agency’s Small Business Innovation…

3D Printing News Briefs, June 12, 2021: BAE Systems, Mechano, QuesTek, University of Virginia, University of Stuttgart, PRES-X & GPAINNOVA

We’re all about material news and research in this week’s 3D Printing News Briefs, and finishing up with a bit of business. First up, BAE Systems is using large-scale 3D…

Sciaky Gets NASA SBIR Award for Machine Learning for Process Control

Sciaky has just gotten a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award in order to use machine learning to improve fault detection in Ti-6Al-4V parts made with the company’s Electron…

NASA Will Announce Winners of Challenge to Engineer Human Tissue

During a live event on June 9, 2021, NASA will announce the first- and second-place winners of the Vascular Tissue Challenge, a prize competition to grow and sustain functioning tissue…

From Skygazing to 3D Models: Chandra Observatory Discoveries Can Be 3D Printed

For two decades, the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory has captured the hot, turbulent regions of space, like exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes. It has helped…

10 3D Printing Projects Enter Phase II of NASA’s SBIR Program in 2021

Each year, NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards contracts to small businesses across the United States to spur research and commercialization of innovative space technologies. As a renewed…

College Students Compete to Bring Space 3D Printing to 2021 NASA MINDS Challenge

Five teams from U.S. colleges received $1,500 each from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovative New Designs for Space (MINDS) in 2021 to design, build and test…

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NASA’s MOXIE with 3D Printed Parts Makes Oxygen on Mars

After arriving on Mars in February 2021, NASA’s Perseverance Rover had several groundbreaking achievements. In early April, the Ingenuity Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a controlled…

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NASA Funds 36 Space 3D Printing Projects—Here Are the 15 Most Exciting

NASA’s latest funding of space technology projects includes plenty of 3D printing innovation proposals. Out of a total of 289 US small businesses and 47 research institutions to receive initial…

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SpaceX Successes Drive off-Earth Innovation, So Do Its Failures

After a highly anticipated test launch, SpaceX‘s Starship SN11 prototype finally lifted off for a planned test flight. Climbing up from out of the cloud deck at the company’s South…

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How the Perseverance Rover with 3D Printed Parts Is Thriving on Mars

Following a seven-month journey, NASA’s Perseverence Rover touched down at Mars’s Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021. Since then, mission controllers have made a lot of progress, including capturing the…

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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…

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NASA Advances New Alloys and Scale of Metal Additive Manufacturing

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Paul Gradl will be speaking at 3DPrint.com’s upcoming AMS online industry summit (Feb 9-10, 2021). Register here. Additive manufacturing (AM) has enabled new and significant design and manufacturing…

Georgia Middle Schoolers 3D Print Parts for the Space Station

At Dade County Middle School in Trenton, Georgia, two students have 3D printed parts for the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the HUNCH (High school students United with…

ARTEMIS I Mission: NASA’s Orion Capsule Ready to Fly to the Moon

With NASA gearing up for its upcoming mission to the Moon, 2021 will be a big year for space news. Ramping up its ambitious plans to return humans to the…

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…

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Top 10 Space 3D Printing Stories That Made 2020 Unique

In a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, it seems difficult to look beyond the outbreak, lockdown measures, and serious consequences to the global economy. Time Magazine even declared 2020…