Category Archives: ISS

NASA green-lights Made In Space metal 3D printer for Mars

In 2017, American microgravity 3D printer developer Made In Space was awarded a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for the development of its Vulcan Hybrid Manufacturing System. Now, just over a year later, NASA has renewed this SBIR for the Vulcan’s continued development. Once complete, the Vulcan will be capable of working more […]

NASA green-lights Made In Space metal 3D printer for Mars

In 2017, American microgravity 3D printer developer Made In Space was awarded a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for the development of its Vulcan Hybrid Manufacturing System. Now, just over a year later, NASA has renewed this SBIR for the Vulcan’s continued development. Once complete, the Vulcan will be capable of working more […]

Low-cost space exploration enabled by Cornell University’s 3D printed satellites

Space Systems Design Studio (SSDS), a lab in Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is 3D printing small satellites for space exploration as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. A project to provide access to space for non-profits and educational organisations, the CubeSat Launch Initiative is, according to NASA, a “low-cost pathway to conduct […]

NASA launches space 3D printing project to improve astronaut health

NASA has launched a project to research the impact of microbes and microgravity on astronauts in space with 3D printed testing equipment. The “Omics in Space” project brings together NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, NASA’s Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) and the Baylor College of Medicine. The project will involve […]

UCalgary takes 3D printing “From Colon to Colony”

Space is the ultimate test of survival. With few resources beyond Moon dust and regolith, astronauts must prepare all the necessary kit for month long expeditions ahead of time, and recycle as much waste as possible. One well known fact of recycling aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is that there is a system that […]

TuPOD, first fully 3D printed satellite launched from ISS successfully completes mission

The Tubesat-POD (TuPOD) satellite, the first fully 3D printed satellite to be launched from the ISS, has completed its mission and burnt up on re-entry to Earth. The TuPOD was a tube shaped CubeSat (a type of miniaturised satellite) which served as a deployment platform for smaller TubeSats. The satellite was produced through a collaboration […]

Refabricator: NASA entwickelt Kombination aus Recycling-Maschine und 3D-Drucker für ISS

Mit einer Maschine genannt „Refabricator“ hat die US-Raumfahrtorganisation NASA ein System entwickelt, das nicht nur benötigte Teile und Werkzeug drucken kann, sondern auch wiederverwertbare Kunststoffmaterialien für den 3D-Druck recycelt. Bereits kommendes Jahr soll das Gerät auf der ISS eingesetzt werden. Für die Entwicklung der Maschine hat die NASA seit 2015 mit Tethers Unlimited Inc. (TUI) […]

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NASA’s Refabricator recycling 3D printer makes space the place for green materials

Robust and refrigerator-like, the ‘Refabricator’ is poised to lead NASA’s recycling initiative for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Set to launch 2018, the machine is capable of crunching plastic parts back into raw materials, and 3D printing them anew as tools and spare parts. Preparing for “space at a premium” NASA has awarded […]

Astronauts may depend upon recycled urine filament for 3D printing in space

“If astronauts are going to make journeys that span several years, we’ll need to find a way to reuse and recycle everything they bring with them,” says Mark A. Blenner, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Clemson University, South Carolina. To this end, the Blenner Research Group is looking into the potential uses […]