3D Printing in Space

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The Martian
NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Finalists Revealed

Here are the 30 finalists in the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, a NASA competition seeking radical designs for an outpost on Mars.

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Enthusiast Uses 3D Printing to Develop Accurate SpaceX Models

SpaceX enthusiast, Oliver Braun, taught himself how to 3D print to develop a replica of the Falcon 9, receiving praise from SpaceX employees.

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One Giant Print
3D Print a Model of the Apollo 11 Command Module

The Smithsonian partnered with Autodesk to 3D scan the Apollo 11 command module “Columbia", and have released 3D printable files online.

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Metal 3D Printing Used to Produce Waveguides For Telecom Satellites

The UK-based Airbus Defence and Space is developing metal 3D printed radio-frequency (RF) filter prototypes for telecom satellites. 

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NASA is 3D Printing Radiation Shields for Expandable Habitats

NASA is 3D printing radiation shields on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, an experimental habitat on the International Space Station.

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Enter “Print the Future” Contest to Build Your Ideas in Space

The Enterprise In Space program has launched a contest called Print the Future, offering the chance to have your designs 3D printed in space.

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Do Try This At Home
Great Space Exploration Projects You Can Build at Home

Soon, NASA’s Juno probe will deliver images from Jupiter - until then, we’ll satisfy our scientific desires with these great DIY space exploration projects.

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To Boldly Print Where No Filament Has Been Printed Before
Once Launched in Space, MakerSat-0 Will Collect Data on 3D Printing Materials

A launch this week will see a CubeSat, designed by students, reach space and collect data on how harsh conditions effect 3D printed materials.

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Recycling 3D Printed Plastic on International Space Station

Now there's a 3D printer on the International Space Station, Made in Space and Braskem are exploring ways for recycling 3D printed plastic.

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Recycling in Space
NASA’s Refabricator Will Turn Recycled Plastic Into New 3D Printed Components

Next year, the International Space Station will receive the Refabricator, the first machine to mix recycling and 3D printing into one process.

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Astronauts Mix Recycled Urine with Yeast to Create 3D Printing Filament

Researchers are working on a way to turn human waste into different substances, including omega-3 fatty acids and plastics, by using yeast.

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Made In Space Completes 3D Printed Radiation Shield Project

Made In Space completes their latest project: 3D printing radiation shields and testing them on the International Space Station (ISS).

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NASA Livestream: Watch Astronauts Deploy 3D Printed Satellite

Today at 10AM (EST), NASA will livestream a six-hour spacewalk where astronauts will deploy a 3D printed nanosatellite. 

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Vector Successfully Launches Vector-R with 3D Printed Injector

The micro-satellite space launch company Vector succeeds with flight test of a Vector-R launch vehicle equipped with a 3D printed engine part.

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MIT Rocket Team Blasts Off with Plastic 3D Printed Rocket Motor

MIT Rocket Team, working with Markforged, 3D print a rocket motor using plastic. It successfully fired, breaking new ground in rocketry. MIT’s student group Rocket Team has proven new possibilities in rocket construction with the successful firing of a rocket motor 3D printed in plastic. Plastic and fire so close together may sound like a disaster […]