NASA will send a 3D printer to space
In case you didn’t hear the news, NASA plans to deploy the first autonomous manufacturing unit in space. In other words, the space agency will send a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) next year. While earthlings are speculating on how fast 3D printers will enter everyone’s home, the team in charge at Made In Space is creating a 3D printer for outer space. Founded in 2010, Made In Space, is the company behind the idea of 3D printing in space. After a short incubation at Singularity University, NASA has offered the startup to join their Research Park in Californian. The agency now plans to integrate their solution on ISS as soon as possible. Aaron Kemmer, the CEO of the company, says: “The future of space exploration will change forever when everything we need for space is built in space. In this future, parts, habitats and structures are not launched and assembled, but instead 3D-printed, layer-by-layer in outer space with additive manufacturing.” According to Made in Space, 3D printing in space can radically change the space industry. In the long run, the goal is not only to be able to build replacement parts but large piece of hardware as well. Made In Space 3D printer, once fully functional, will be able to manufacture more than 30% of the spare parts currently aboard the ISS. To achieve this impressive goal, the team has already tested their 3D Printer in space condition during zero gravity flight. After hearing about this project, at Sculpteo we already see ourselves organizing our 2015’s Meetups on the moon, but the ones who are really happy about it are definitely our Robots.