NASA Looks to 3-D Printing for Spare Parts for Space Station
The long-term goal is to print a functioning spacecraft in a seemingly weightless environment
December 8, 2011 || Image: Made in Space, Inc.
A first step toward space factories may come from NASA's recent selection of a U.S. startup's proposal to build a 3D printer for the space station. Such printing technology could build any number of objects, layer by layer, based on designs uploaded from mission control. Astronauts would only need "feedstock" material, such as plastic or metal, to make new tools or spare parts on the fly.
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