Category Archives: European Space Agency

ESA’s new 3D printer will defy build volume restraints as well as gravity

In January 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) and German technology group OHB SE launched a consortium to develop a large-scale 3D printer for use in zero-gravity conditions. Named the IMPERIAL Project, the consortium includes German aerospace company Sonaca Group, Portuguese 3D printer provider BEEVERYCREATIVE, and Ireland’s Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). In a recent interview for RTÉ Dr. Sean Lyons, Dean of […]

ESA completes first test fire of ArianeGroup 3D printed rocket engine

The European Space Agency (ESA) has completed the first hot fire testing of a full scale, 3D printed rocket engine demonstrator named BERTA (Biergoler Raumttransportaengine/Biergoler space transport drive). Fired at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Lampoldshausen, the additive manufacturing process used to produce this engine is part of the development pipeline of the Ariane 6 launch […]

ESA contracts OHB to develop large-scale 3D printer prototype for the ISS

OHB SE, a German space and technology group, has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) through its subsidiary, OHB System AG, to develop a 3D printer prototype for the International Space Station (ISS). As part of the new IMPERIAL Project, the additive manufacturing system will be built for large part production using […]

€500,000 available in Metalysis and ESA space exploration competition

The European Space Agency (ESA) and UK metallurgic company Metalysis have launched a €500,000-reward competition to devise systems that will aid space exploration. The competition is to design a process-monitoring system that works with Metalysis’s existing electrochemical cells. These cells convert refined oxides and ores into metal alloy powders, including those used in 3D printing […]

3D Printing Industry review of the year December 2018

News from the 3D printing world did not slow down in the last month of the calendar. December brought developments in materials, software, and European Space Agency’s ambitious plans for interplanetary missions. Marie the phantom A Louisiana State University student Meagan Moore, 3D printed a full-body phantom (and she named it Marie) which can be […]

3D Printing Industry Review of the Year May 2018

3D printing in May 2018 saw the launch of our second annual 3D Printing Industry Awards (2019 nominations now open) and marked the 10th Anniversary of the RepRap movement. In applications, some of the most popular articles included medical breakthroughs. We were also given the exclusive opportunity to see the latest machines coming to market. […]

3D printing news sliced, European Space Agency, Optomec, and Carbon

In this edition of our 3D printing news digest – Sliced, we see the latest trends in the 3D printing industry, such as the development of a 3D printed wedding, non-Earth materials, and increasing variety of UV resins. Read on to learn more about Xometry, CRP USA, European Space Agency, and more.    Expanding metal […]

Interview: ESA and Lithoz take small steps toward 3D printing on the moon

The European Space Agency (ESA) has made new advances in its quest to 3D print in space using in-situ materials. In a partnership with Austrian ceramic 3D printing specialist Lithoz, ESA has demonstrated the ability to produce highly detailed spare parts, like screws and gears, from a lunar regolith simulant. Dr. Advenit Makaya, ESA Advanced Manufacturing […]

European Space Agency receives prototype microgravity 3D printer

After two years in development, Project MELT (Manufacturing of Experimental Layer Technology) has resurfaced with a prototype microgravity 3D printer. Made for the European Space Agency (ESA) the Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) breadboard machine is designed to 3D print high performance polymers aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and other off-world locations. The collaborative behind Project […]

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 […]