Zero-G 3D printer launched into space

2014 at 01:42 pm by admin


California-based company Made In Space can now lay claim to the title of first off-world manufacturer as its brand-new zero-gravity 3D printer has taken off for the International Space Station! Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Made in Space 3D Printer uses standard ABS plastic and additive printing used in most modern 3D printers, but uses new technology that will allow the printer to create objects without the use of gravity, which other modern 3D printers require in order to operate. The printer is part of a plan to install a 3D printer on the ISS that can manufacture replacement components and new parts on-demand, removing the need for costly spacecraft to continuously launch supplies to the station.


While Made in Space has not yet revealed what technology allows their prototype printer to create objects in zero-gravity, a second model of their printer will be sent into space in 2015, and will be developed as an open platform for other companies. The printer, which can currently only print with standard ABS plastic, may also be upgraded in the coming years to print with other materials, like metals and aluminum. The Made in Space 3D printer is scheduled to create its first in-space gadgets and miniatures in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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