29 August 2017 8:53
In the latest development in 3D printing for space exploration, 3D Printing Industry recently reported on Russian astronauts’ successful deployment of a new satellite created entirely with a powder 3D printer. The Tomsk-TPU-120 features no engines, and will spend five months in orbit before burning up naturally in the Earth’s atmosphere as its orbit decays. The satellite was designed and printed at Tomsk Polytechnic University, and it will continue to be monitored by the university’s Student Flight Control Centre for the duration of its time in orbit. The video below shows ...
21 August 2017 12:33
In our recent blog post on the development of additive manufacturing for space exploration, we touched on Made in Space’s announcement of a new technology that would allow for 3D printing plastic in space. While the International Space Station has already been making use of an onboard SLS printer, this new approach will actually allow astronauts to print parts in the vacuum of space. This will provide an extra level of flexibility when it comes to conducting repairs on the exterior of the space station. This was something existing technologies ...