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3D Printers Tested in Zero-G

3D Printers Tested in Zero-G

For the first time, 3D printers have been tested in a zero-gravity environment. MADE IN SPACE successfully completed two suborbital flights that tested several 3D printers through a series of zero-gravity parabola maneuvers.

3D Printers Tested in Zero-G – [madeinspace.us]

ELLINGTON FIELD, TX – July 28, 2011 – MADE IN SPACE, a start-up dedicated to providing solutions for manufacturing in space, announced the successful completion of testing 3D printers in zero-gravity.

The test took place on multiple zero-gravity flights provided by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. Two modified off-the-shelf 3D printers were tested, including one provided by their partner 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D printing solutions. The company also tested a custom-made printer that’s designed to manufacture structures in space.

Several objects were printed during the flight, including a scaled-down wrench that became the first ever tool printed through partial zero-gravity. They also built a part that was designed by Within Technologies to be optimized for complete strength-to-mass ratio.

Made in Space to test 3D printing in weightlessness – [hobbyspace.com]

Following the previous mention today of 3D printing for space applications, Ian Garcia sent me the picture below showing a 3D printing apparatus he is helping Jason Dunn of Made In Space prepare for experiments during a ZERO G flight:

3D Printing in Space – [rapmanv3.blogspot.com]

MADE IN SPACE, a start-up dedicated to providing solutions for manufacturing in outer-space, has successfully completed testing of multiple 3D printing technologies in zero-gravity. The company flew 89 parabolas on 2 flights. They flew three printers, including a Bits from Bytes 3D printer. MADE IN SPACE commented that the BFB-3000, with its ease of automation, performed better than the other off the shelf printer.

BFB™ 3000 Conquers Zero Gravity – [3dsystems.com]

We’re proud to announce that our affordable BFB™ 3000 successfully completed two zero-gravity test flights in partnership with MADE IN SPACE, a startup dedicated to providing solutions for manufacturing in outer space.
MADE IN SPACE believes that the advantages of 3D printing make it the perfect system for use in outer space. “3D printing and in-space manufacturing will dramatically change the way we look at space exploration, commercialization, and mission design today,” said Aaron Kemmer, CEO and Co-Founder of MADE IN SPACE. “The possibilities range from building on-demand parts for human missions to building large space habitats that are optimized for space.” MADE IN SPACE plans additional zero-gravity and suborbital testing over the next twelve months.

MADE IN SPACE – [madeinspace.us]

Additive Manufacturing for the Space Industry
Made in Space, Inc. is a space manufacturing company that leverages the rapid advancements in 3D printing and additive manufacturing to offer unique solutions for the aerospace industry.

Additive manufacturing is the process of building (or “3D printing”) a product layer by layer. A wide range of materials can be printed with additive manufacturing machines, from hard plastics to Aluminum and Titanium. Example spacecraft components that can be built include more efficient rocket nozzles and lighter miniaturized satellite parts.

Printing Space Habitats
Fortunes in Space
Stepping Stones to Space
3D Printer Demonstration

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