3D Printer Goes into Space

20-09-2014:

Today NASA has launched an 3D Printer into Space to Astronauts on the International Space Station to 3D Print any parts for the Space Station. An incredible voyage into the future.
A Hardware nicknamed The Portal is a Type of Microwave test 3D Printing and microgravity.

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“First 3D printer, Portal, to be tested onboard the International Space Station”.
Image Credit: Made In Space, http://www.nasa.gov/content/3d-printer-headed-to-space-station/

The 3D Printing foundation also known as “additive manufacturing” has evolved the last three years with new materials and applications.

The 3D Printer was taken into Space abroad the Space X Dragon Spacecraft after extensive development work by the following programme “NASA and Made In Space over the years, supported by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, research and development contracts under NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the space agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama”.
http://www.nasa.gov/content/3d-printer-headed-to-space-station/

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“Made In Space team members, Mike Snyder and Jason Dunn, assemble the 3D printer that will fly to the International Space Station via a SpaceX Dragon resupply mission”.
Image Credit: Made In Space, http://www.nasa.gov/content/3d-printer-headed-to-space-station/

A Silicon Valley Company named “Made in Space” comprising of Entreneurs, space experts and 3D Printing Developers, researched and developed the technology.

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“Testing of the Made In Space 3D printer involved 400-plus parabolas of microgravity test flights.
Image Credit: Credit: Made In Space” http://www.nasa.gov/content/3d-printer-headed-to-space-station/

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