3D Printer in Space!

by Mitchel Dumlao April 11, 2015

Engineers are about to start studying the first parts made by a 3D printer in space.

Late last year, the 3D Printer aboard the International Space Station cranked out 21 items, as part of a project designed to validate 3D-printing technology in microgravity conditions. The parts came back down to Earth in February aboard SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule, and then were delivered to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

On Monday (April 6), Marshall engineers opened up the boxes and took their first looks at the space-printed parts.


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Mitchel Dumlao
Mitchel Dumlao


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