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Nasa plans first 3D printer space launch in 2014

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Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2013 02:24 AM by AlexMuller

US space agency Nasa is planning to launch a 3D printer into space next year to help astronauts manufacture spare parts and tools in zero gravity. It will be the first time a 3D printer has been used in space and could help reduce the costs of future missions.

 
The device will have to withstand lift-off vibrations and operate safely in an enclosed space station environment.
 
Nasa has chosen technology start-up Made in Space to make the microwave oven-sized printer.
 
"Imagine an astronaut needing to make a life-or-death repair on the International Space Station," said Aaron Kemmer, the company's chief executive.
 
"Rather than hoping that the necessary parts and tools are on the station already, what if the parts could be 3D printed when they needed them?"
 
In 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts had to cobble together a home-made carbon dioxide filter using a plastic bag, a manual cover and gaffer tape.


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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-01
+3
I find is rather peculiar that we didn't hear much from NASA for years and then all of a sudden when the space program started to skyrocket (that's a pun in case you didn't catch it) all of a sudden NASA is again doing things. Really come one guys. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-01
+2
The use of the 3-D printers on the space ships and ISS where they could be used to print needed parts in case of an emergency situation would just be an awesome thing. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-01
+2
The article says they are sending the printers up but doesn't say how they are doing so, please tell us this one NASA. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-23
+0
6u3CoJ Very informative article post.Thanks Again. Really Great. Reply


 

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