by Adrian Aini February 23, 2016

Written by Lucy Schouten via csmonitor.com 

NASA increasingly views 3D printing as a key tool for advancing space exploration, and the technology is advancing in several directions.

A startup funded by NASA to create a zero-gravity 3D printer – appropriately called "Made In Space" – already has a prototype device on board the International Space Station (ISS), and the company said Friday that a new model is set for a March 23 launch, Dave Lee reported for the BBC.

In theory, when astronauts need a spare part or a replacement, they'll be able to print their own instead of requisitioning NASA and then waiting for the next shuttle.

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