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3D printed cargo splashes down

posted 22 February 2015 at 21:21:38



For the past four months, astronauts on the International Space Station have been putting the first zero-gravity 3D printer in Space through its paces. Their mission was to check how the printer operates when printing ABS using fused deposition modelling. A few weeks ago, the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, carrying – among other things – a precious 3d printed cargo of 14 items. Now the parts are being rigorously tested against control prints fabricated here on Earth. If the experiment is successful, it will be a further step towards the ultimate goal of sustainability in Space: to be able to build things in Space, such as replacement parts, instead of making them here and carrying them there.  Watch this space to find out what happens next.  


Picture: NASA