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Complex Parts Manufactured In Space Deliver New Capabilities

24 Apr 2017, 17:42 UTC
Complex Parts Manufactured In Space Deliver New Capabilities
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MIS expands applications for space-based manufacturing technologyFinger Splint printed on Made In Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) on board the International Space Station (ISS)Building the tools necessary for humans to become an interplanetary species. An ambitious goal, but one that is inspirational and achievable in the coming years.In 2014, Made In Space, Inc.(MIS) took the initial step in achieving this with the first manufacturing of an object in space. In partnership with NASA, MIS deployed a Zero-Gravity Printer to the International Space Station (ISS), proving that objects can be quickly designed on Earth and manufactured in space. Last year, MIS built on this initial success with the deployment of the first commercially available manufacturing device on orbit, the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF).MIS continues to demonstrate the potential of 3D printing in space, using different source materials to print stronger and more flexible parts. One promising area of exploration for 3D printing technology is the medical field. Through an agreement with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the National Lab aboard the ISS, Made In Space seeks to identify, evaluate and manifest research opportunities capable of benefiting life on Earth through additive manufacturing in microgravity. ...

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