space 3d printing

“California-based Rocket Company” Orders Two of SLM’s 12-Laser Metal 3D Printers

When the equipment you make costs millions of dollars, every sale is newsworthy. When that equipment is meant to revolutionize metal 3D printing and, therefore, manufacturing as a whole, it…

2022 Predictions: 3D Printing is Transforming the Aerospace and Space Industry

Advances in 3D printing are driving current trends in real solutions for real-world applications in aerospace and space manufacturing. Although the airline and aerospace industries were among the first to…

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Wozniak’s Privateer Space Unveils 3D Printed Satellite for Monitoring Space Debris

When news came out that Desktop Metal had developed titanium for its Studio 2 desktop 3D printer, one piece of information that was little explored by other media sites was…

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Redwire Acquires Space Bioprinting Firm Techshot to Scale In-Space Manufacturing

Space technology company Redwire has acquired Techshot, a commercial operator of microgravity manufacturing equipment, in a move designed to broaden the commercialization of in-space fabrication. Techshot devices have flown aboard…

Varda to Launch Space Factory Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

Varda Space Industries will launch the world’s first space factory in early 2023 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission deploying to low Earth orbit (LEO). During the mission, Varda’s…

Space 3D Printing at the Core of Australia’s New Space Manufacturing Network

As the private space industry continues to reinvent itself, driving a never-before-seen boom in orbital milestones, space technology, and investment, many countries are focusing on leveraging their own space sectors,…

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Design for Disruption: Design for Maintenance in Space

We’ve learned that it may be interesting to think of 3D printing in terms of design for maintenance. By optimizing maintenance, lengthening maintenance intervals, and making maintenance faster or more…

NASA’s Lunar Rover: Lockheed 3D Prints Prototype Parts With MakerBot

Engineers at aerospace giant Lockheed Martin will use MakerBot’s industrial desktop METHOD X printers to create prototypes and proof of concept parts for its upcoming artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted lunar rover….

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Windform high-tech composite materials approved by NASA and ESA

Among the first to import additive manufacturing technology to Europe, and the first to Italy, CRP Technology has been developing, for more than 25 years, a highly professional range of…

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Virgin Orbit to Go Public via SPAC with $3.2B Valuation

Richard Branson announced plans to take Virgin Galactic spinoff company Virgin Orbit public through a merger deal with blank check firm NextGen Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: NGCA). Announced on August…

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,…

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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…

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…

3DPOD Episode 65: 3D Scanning at the U.S. Space Force with Major Travis Tubbs

This time on the 3DPOD, we get to chat with Major Travis Tubbs of the U.S. Space Force. Surprisingly, a lot of the conversation was about plants, but we also…

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Rocket Lab’s Successful Booster Recovery Could Lead to Reusable 3D Printed Rockets

New Zealand space startup Rocket Lab had a very successful year. Early on in March 2020, it was selected by NASA to launch the Pathfinder Mission to the Moon. Then,…

Lockheed Martin Hires Relativity Space for NASA 3D Printing Project

Relativity Space has to be among the busiest new space startups out there, signing a number of partnerships as it continues to develop an automated method for 3D printing metal…

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Project Olympus: ICON Chosen by NASA to Develop Moon Base 3D Printing Tech

The hype around additive construction continues to grow. Unlike the days in which WinSun would “3D print” a six-story apartment building, we’re seeing numerous projects undertaken by a variety of…

Consortium Studies Use of Automotive Electronics & 3D Printing Satellite Parts

German researchers associated with the Integrated Research Platform for Affordable Satellites project are looking for new ways to produce satellites, releasing the details of a recently published study in “Production…

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Made In Space Acquired by New Space Company Redwire

In an era of endless mega-mergers and acquisitions, perhaps nearly every startup’s dream is to one day become big enough to be bought out. That dream has now been fulfilled…

The Potential of Urea as a Construction Material on the Moon

In the recently published ‘Utilization of urea as an accessible superplasticizer on the moon for lunar geopolymer mixtures,’ researchers come together from around the world to examine new and unusual…

Mining Space Debris as a Resource for 3D Printing Material

Authors Maria Lucas-Rhimbassen, Cristiana Santos, George Antony Long, and Lucien Rapp delve into some heavy matter in the recently published ‘Conceptual model for a profitable return on investment from space…

Project Imperial Consortium to Create Large Scale 3D Printer for Zero Gravity

Under contract with the European Space Agency, the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) will be creating a new, large-scale 3D printer capable of fabricating parts in a zero-gravity atmosphere. The innovative hardware…

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…

Made In Space Successfully Manufactures First Extended 3D Printed Objects in a Space-Like Environment

In 2015, space manufacturing company Made In Space revealed that it had completed successful tests that indicated that its newest generation of 3D printers would be fully functional in the vacuum…