Nasa is preparing to send a 3D printer to the International Space Station
Nasa is preparing to send a 3D printer to the International Space Station next year after successfully testing the new technology. Engineers are hoping astronauts will be able to use the new technology to make potential life-or-death repairs on the International Space Station.
We think 3D printing is a perfect solution for the adaptability required in space. Currently all missions are reliant on supplies and equipment from Earth, but 3D printing could offer self-sustainable missions.
Engineers have been testing the new technology in zero-gravity conditions and although the launch in 2014 is for testing purposes, the space agency hopes that one day the technique could be used to manufacture tools, replacement parts and miniature satellites. In addition the process could even be used to print food for astronauts completing long-haul missions into outer space.
We look forward to hearing about the trip and what gets produced!