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NASA and Made In Space make history by successfully 3D printing first object in space

"History was made on November 24th at 9:28pm GMT, when the first 3D printer built to operate in space successfully manufactured its first part on the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time that hardware has been additively manufactured in space, as opposed to launching it from Earth."

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Included in the payload of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station this Saturday, will be a 3D printer designed to operate in zero gravity. Contracted as the “3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment,” this project will demonstrate the capability of utilizing a 3D printer for in-space additive manufacturing technology. Here's our infographic (http://buff.ly/XNaG8c) on the status of 3D printing technology and possible applications for space. It’s based on the recent NRC report 3D Printing in Space, which is free to download here: http://buff.ly/XNaG8d
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SpaceX launches 3D-printed part to space, creates printed engine chamber for crewed spaceflight: http://www.spacex.com/news/2014/07/31/spacex-launches-3d-printed-part-space-creates-printed-engine-chamber-crewed
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NASA 3D printable models (spacecraft and asteroids)

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How 3D Printers Work

"First invented in the 1980s by Chuck Hull, an engineer and physicist, 3D printing technology has come a long way. Also called additive manufacturing, 3D printing is the process of making an object by depositing material, one tiny layer at a time.

The basic idea behind additive manufacturing can be found in rock formations deep underground (dripping water deposits thin layers of minerals to form stalactites and stalagmites), but a more modern example is a common desktop printer. Just like an inkjet printer adds individual dots of ink to form an image, a 3D printer only adds material where it is needed based on a digital file.

In comparison, many conventional manufacturing processes -- which have recently been termed “subtractive manufacturing” -- require cutting away excess materials to make the desired part. The result: Subtractive manufacturing can waste up to 30 pounds of material for every 1 pound of useful material in some parts, according to a finding from the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Lab.  

With some 3D printing processes, about 98 percent of the raw material is used in the finished part. Not to mention, 3D printing enables manufacturers to create new shapes and lighter parts that use less raw material and require fewer manufacturing steps. In turn, that can translate into lower energy use for 3D printing -- up to 50 percent less energy for certain processes compared to conventional manufacturing processes.

Though the possibilities for additive manufacturing are endless, today 3D printing is mostly used to build small, relatively costly components using plastics and metal powders. Yet, as the price of desktop 3D printers continues to drop, some innovators are experimenting with different materials like chocolate and other food items, wax, ceramics and biomaterial similar to human cells."

Read more: http://energy.gov/articles/how-3d-printers-work
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Speaking of the Future: Advanced Manufacturing
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"Imagine a world where we can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life. Through additive manufacturing or 3D printing, we are bringing people closer to products and solving challenges in new ways. We are pushing the limits of this technology to produce parts quickly and affordably with geometry and design that has never been possible before"

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A 3D Printer is now installed on the ISS 

Today, the +Made In Space 3D printer was installed on the ISS.
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A 3-D printer, the first ever to be flown to space, could change the way NASA does business aboard the space station.
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are implementing a printing process that transitions from one metal or alloy to another in a single object.
 
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How to print metals of the future: +NASA's  new technology may build complex spacecraft parts http://go.nasa.gov/1lOWlgP 
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Nice: PCMag rated +Ultimaker 2 as EXCELLENT!
Ultimaker 2 is the Editors' Choice at PCMag for 3D printers! Read the full review: http://ultim.kr/TvIXWY
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Space Station Live: 3D Printing in Space

NASA and Made in Space, Inc., are working to send a 3D printer to the International Space Station. The 3D printing in Zero-G technology demonstration experiment will show that a 3D printer can work normally in space.

A 3D printer extrudes streams of heated plastic, metal or other material, building layer on top of layer to create three-dimensional objects.

Testing a 3D printer on the space station is the first step towards establishing a working machine shop in space, a critical component for astronaut missions and in-space manufacturing.

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