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NASA creates first 3D printed object in space

Sharon Gaudin | Nov. 26, 2014
Using a 3D printer that was installed on the International Space Station on Nov. 17, NASA built a faceplate for the printer itself.

"As NASA ventures further into space, [whether] redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we'll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume," Bolden said last year. "In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools and components they need in space."

The technology works by laying down successive layers to create an object, in this case plastic, but metals also can be used.

Made in Space, a company based in the Ames Research Park in Moffett Field, Calif., worked with engineers at NASA to design, build and test the 3-D printer.


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