Category Archives: Mars

Relativity Space raises $35 million to further first 3D printed rocket on Mars

The Stargate from space exploration technology startup Relativity Space is in development to be “the largest metal 3D printer in the world.” Powered by three robotic arms, the machine promises to build rockets in just a 60 day turnaround, and has its sights set on Mars. Between launch in 2015 and October 2017, the company had […]

NASA test fires largest 3D printed part to date for future trip to Mars

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) project, scheduled for launch between 2022 and 2023, is on track to be the most 3D printing inclusive rocket to date. With the help of Aerojet Rocketdyne, a company that has applied 3D printing to the fabrication of 16 shuttle engines, the agency has been reducing the weight of components in […]

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 […]

ESA’s Dr. Makaya discusses 3D printing on the Moon and Mars

Dr. Advenit Makaya is an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer in Materials and Processes at the European Space Agency (ESA). I caught up with Dr. Makaya in Barcelona to find out more. In his role at the ESA’s Parisian headquarters Dr. Makaya coordinates in-situ resource organization for the agency’s 3D printed Lunar and Martian regolith project. As such […]

Phase two of NASA’s deep space habitat challenge finds a winner in architect & tech firm collaboration

As part of its support for the application 3D printing technology to deep space exploration, NASA has awarded a $250,000 prize to a joint team consisting of members from Foster+Partners California and Branch Technology (based in Chattanooga, Tennessee). NASA’s competition, which has now reached level three of its second phase, aims to “advance construction technology […]

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 […]

Northwestern’s Shah Lab demonstrates extraterrestrial 3D printer inks

A study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports demonstrates tools and bricks 3D printed in inks made from Lunar and Martian like powders.

Conducted by the Shah Tissue Engineering and Additive …