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3D Manufacturing is Out of This World–Literally

Posted in Change, Manufacturing

3DP_Hardware-short-640x339-300x158Early Sunday morning, the first 3D printer was launched into space. This news is yet another sign that the field of 3D manufacturing is maturing.

The zero-gravity 3D printer will possess the ability to use thermoplastics capable of withstanding high temperatures. Longer term, it is hoped that future versions will utilize more  advanced materials, including aluminum and titanium.

If successful, the zero gravity printers will not only help with the colonization of space by making it easier and more affordable to build equipment in space, they will aid the development of 3D printing here on earth by extending the range and type of high-performance parts and objects capable of being printed.


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