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NASA Uses Hybrid Process to 3D Print Rocket Engine Igniter From Two Different Metals

NASA Uses Hybrid Process to 3D Print Rocket Engine Igniter From Two Different Metals

Whenever NASA comes up, it’s a pretty good bet that something exciting is happening. The space agency has been doing some amazing work with 3D printing, including building an entirely 3D printed rocket engine, which they’ve been testing as it gets closer and closer to completion. There are a lot of complex parts that make up […]

Whenever NASA comes up, it’s a pretty good bet that something exciting is happening. The space agency has been doing some amazing work with 3D printing, including building an entirely 3D printed rocket engine, which they’ve been testing as it gets closer...
The Refabricator Will Be Recycling Plastic and 3D Printing Onboard the ISS Next Year

The Refabricator Will Be Recycling Plastic and 3D Printing Onboard the ISS Next Year

In 2015, NASA awarded Washington-based technology firm Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to continue developing its Positrusion Recycler, which recycles plastic waste into 3D printable filament, for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS). NASA was pleased with the direction the technology was going, and last summer gave a […]

In 2015, NASA awarded Washington-based technology firm Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to continue developing its Positrusion Recycler, which recycles plastic waste into 3D printable filament, for use aboard the...
Branch Technology and Foster + Partners Take First Place Again in Latest Round of NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

Branch Technology and Foster + Partners Take First Place Again in Latest Round of NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

It’s an amazing thought that many people alive on Earth today might, in their lifetimes, see humans landing on – and even living on – Mars. It’s even more likely that we’ll see people living and working long-term on the moon before that. And when either of those days come, it’s extremely likely that people […]

It’s an amazing thought that many people alive on Earth today might, in their lifetimes, see humans landing on – and even living on – Mars. It’s even more likely that we’ll see people living and working long-term on the moon before that....
US Army 3D Prints Barracks From Locally Sourced Concrete

US Army 3D Prints Barracks From Locally Sourced Concrete

We’ve been hearing a lot about the US military’s use of 3D printing lately. The Army just released a new report on its use of 3D printing, and just today we learned about the Marine Corps’ research into portable 3D printing labs. Now, a three-year Army program has resulted in a 3D printed barracks, also known […]

We’ve been hearing a lot about the US military’s use of 3D printing lately. The Army just released a new report on its use of 3D printing, and just today we learned about the Marine Corps’ research into portable 3D printing labs. Now, a three-year...
3D Printing News Briefs: August 22, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: August 22, 2017

We’re talking about everything from business and 3D printing materials to outer space in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. Using a new digital platform, thyssenkrupp has connected all of the machines in its materials division, and a German medical manufacturer has acquired an extensive patent portfolio for 3D printed expandable spinal fusion cages. An Australian cyclist […]

We’re talking about everything from business and 3D printing materials to outer space in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. Using a new digital platform, thyssenkrupp has connected all of the machines in its materials division, and a German medical...
Russian Cosmonauts Deploy Satellite with 3D Printed Casing During Livestreamed Spacewalk

Russian Cosmonauts Deploy Satellite with 3D Printed Casing During Livestreamed Spacewalk

We bring you news from the International Space Station (ISS) today, as two Russian cosmonauts stepped into outer space this morning to begin a planned six-hour spacewalk, also known as an EVA (extravehicular activity). According to NASA, Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy and Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, both with Russian space agency Roscosmos, left the Pirs airlock at […]

We bring you news from the International Space Station (ISS) today, as two Russian cosmonauts stepped into outer space this morning to begin a planned six-hour spacewalk, also known as an EVA (extravehicular activity). According to NASA, Flight Engineer Sergey...
3D Printing to Celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse

3D Printing to Celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse

In case you had somehow missed the reports that have been flooding the news and social media all over the United States, the solar eclipse that’s happening this Monday, August 21st, will be observable within a band across 2,400 miles of the US. The 12 million people who live in the path of totality, and […]

In case you had somehow missed the reports that have been flooding the news and social media all over the United States, the solar eclipse that’s happening this Monday, August 21st, will be observable within a band across 2,400 miles of the US. The 12 million...
Made In Space Announces That Final 3D Printed Test Shield for Radiation Experiments Aboard the BEAM Is Complete

Made In Space Announces That Final 3D Printed Test Shield for Radiation Experiments Aboard the BEAM Is Complete

Earlier this summer, we heard about radiation experiments being conducted on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This experimental module, made by Bigelow Aerospace, was compact during travel, but filled with air and expanded upon docking with the ISS to give the astronauts a habitat to work and live in […]

Earlier this summer, we heard about radiation experiments being conducted on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This experimental module, made by Bigelow Aerospace, was compact during travel, but filled with air...
Made In Space Successfully Manufactures First Extended 3D Printed Objects in a Space-Like Environment

Made In Space Successfully Manufactures First Extended 3D Printed Objects in a Space-Like Environment

In 2015, space manufacturing company Made In Space revealed that it had completed successful tests that indicated that its newest generation of 3D printers would be fully functional in the vacuum of open space. Today, the company announced that it recently manufactured the first-ever extended 3D printed objects in a space-like environment. This exciting achievement means […]

In 2015, space manufacturing company Made In Space revealed that it had completed successful tests that indicated that its newest generation of 3D printers would be fully functional in the vacuum of open space. Today, the company announced that it recently...
Vector Has Another Successful Test Flight of the Vector-R Launch Vehicle, Featuring a 3D Printed Engine Injector

Vector Has Another Successful Test Flight of the Vector-R Launch Vehicle, Featuring a 3D Printed Engine Injector

In May, Vector Space Systems, headquartered in Arizona, launched a successful test flight of its Vector-R launch vehicle engineering model. The Vector-R, which features a 3D printed engine injector, was built to carry small payloads into space. The rocket’s test flight took place about a year after the commercial launch provider had a successful launch […]

In May, Vector Space Systems, headquartered in Arizona, launched a successful test flight of its Vector-R launch vehicle engineering model. The Vector-R, which features a 3D printed engine injector, was built to carry small payloads into space. The rocket’s test...
Metal 3D Printing Company COSM to Design Electron Beam System for NASA Space Manufacturing Program

Metal 3D Printing Company COSM to Design Electron Beam System for NASA Space Manufacturing Program

The future of human space exploration depends on our ability to manufacture in space – and we’re making good progress in that area, with 3D printers installed on the International Space Station and technology in the works to 3D print habitats on the moon and Mars. What we also need, however, are robots to do much […]

The future of human space exploration depends on our ability to manufacture in space – and we’re making good progress in that area, with 3D printers installed on the International Space Station and technology in the works to 3D print habitats on the moon...
3D Printing and Recycling in Space Among New NASA and Freelancer.com Design Challenges

3D Printing and Recycling in Space Among New NASA and Freelancer.com Design Challenges

It’s become obvious over the last several years that NASA loves a good contest. The agency is enthusiastic about crowdsourcing ideas and inventions from the general public through design challenges, and those design challenges have led to everything from tools for space to entirely new 3D printing technologies. NASA has worked with multiple partners to […]

It’s become obvious over the last several years that NASA loves a good contest. The agency is enthusiastic about crowdsourcing ideas and inventions from the general public through design challenges, and those design challenges have led to everything from tools...
Techmer PM Materials Design Know-How "Vital" in 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Success

Techmer PM Materials Design Know-How "Vital" in 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Success

Early last week, NASA announced the winners of the second level of the second phase of the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, a multiphase competition that began in 2015 and challenges participants to 3D print habitable structures that could potentially be used as housing on the moon or Mars, as well as here on Earth in […]

Early last week, NASA announced the winners of the second level of the second phase of the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, a multiphase competition that began in 2015 and challenges participants to 3D print habitable structures that could potentially be used as housing...
Adorable Japanese Camera Drone with 3D Printed Parts Will Save Astronauts Time on the International Space Station

Adorable Japanese Camera Drone with 3D Printed Parts Will Save Astronauts Time on the International Space Station

There are 3D printed drones that can fly up into the air from underwater, 3D printed heat-resistant drones that could potentially withstand the punishing conditions inside a volcano, and NASA has even worked on 3D printing parts for future space drones. But today, everyone’s talking about a new Japanese space drone that has 3D printed components and […]

There are 3D printed drones that can fly up into the air from underwater, 3D printed heat-resistant drones that could potentially withstand the punishing conditions inside a volcano, and NASA has even worked on 3D printing parts for future space drones. But today,...
Reach for the Stars: Students Working with NASA to Reduce the Weight of 3D Printed Objects Sent to Space

Reach for the Stars: Students Working with NASA to Reduce the Weight of 3D Printed Objects Sent to Space

During college, I was a staff photographer and the chief copy editor for our school newspaper. I also landed two great summer internships – one in the marketing department of a symphony, and one as a copy editor for a local newspaper. During all of these experiences, I made good contacts and learned a lot […]

During college, I was a staff photographer and the chief copy editor for our school newspaper. I also landed two great summer internships – one in the marketing department of a symphony, and one as a copy editor for a local newspaper. During all of these...
R&D Tax Credit Aspects of 3D Printed Hand Tools

R&D Tax Credit Aspects of 3D Printed Hand Tools

Society has come a long way in tool technology since the first tools were used during the Stone Age hundreds of thousands of years ago. Today, like our primal relatives we have adapted and innovated to improve our lifestyles with the aid of hand tools. Taking this a step further we have come to the […]

Society has come a long way in tool technology since the first tools were used during the Stone Age hundreds of thousands of years ago. Today, like our primal relatives we have adapted and innovated to improve our lifestyles with the aid of hand tools. Taking this a...
West Virginia University Receives NASA Grants to Develop 3D Printed Foam and Autonomous Rover Technology

West Virginia University Receives NASA Grants to Develop 3D Printed Foam and Autonomous Rover Technology

There seems to be no end to the advancements being made in 3D printing materials, and one type of material that has expanded and diversified recently has been 3D printed foam. Whether it’s made from graphene or ceramic, or other materials, 3D printed foam material imparts several desirable characteristics, such as strength, light weight, and […]

There seems to be no end to the advancements being made in 3D printing materials, and one type of material that has expanded and diversified recently has been 3D printed foam. Whether it’s made from graphene or ceramic, or other materials, 3D printed foam...
Building in the Stars: Phase Two, Level Two Winners Announced for NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

Building in the Stars: Phase Two, Level Two Winners Announced for NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

My husband and I are science fiction fans, and as such own some of Ray Bradbury’s works, including short story collection The Martian Chronicles. I especially like “The Million-Year Picnic,” when a family from Earth goes to live on Mars, and the father introduces his children to Martians by showing them their own reflections in […]

My husband and I are science fiction fans, and as such own some of Ray Bradbury’s works, including short story collection The Martian Chronicles. I especially like “The Million-Year Picnic,” when a family from Earth goes to live on Mars, and the...
The Integration of 3D Printing and Virtual Reality Creates R&D Tax Credit Opportunities

The Integration of 3D Printing and Virtual Reality Creates R&D Tax Credit Opportunities

The 3D Printing and Virtual Reality industries lead some of the most fast-paced innovations in the global market. When the two are consolidated, the benefits to the global market and everyday users are significant. An integration of 3D printing and VR has brought change to the medical, educational, and design sectors and will continue to […]

The 3D Printing and Virtual Reality industries lead some of the most fast-paced innovations in the global market. When the two are consolidated, the benefits to the global market and everyday users are significant. An integration of 3D printing and VR has brought...
NASA: Bioprinting in Space May Lead to Breakthroughs in Cancer Research

NASA: Bioprinting in Space May Lead to Breakthroughs in Cancer Research

NASA has been using 3D printing for decades now, and few organizations can top their experience or resourcefulness with the technology. NASA tends to make big news with 3D printing, most of it centered around rockets and Mars, as well as inspiring student challenges. While the organization has also been 3D printing in space on […]

NASA has been using 3D printing for decades now, and few organizations can top their experience or resourcefulness with the technology. NASA tends to make big news with 3D printing, most of it centered around rockets and Mars, as well as inspiring student challenges....
NASA Researchers Use 3D Modeling Software to Run Asteroid Impact Scenarios, Give First Responders a Way to Identify and Defend Against Asteroid Strikes

NASA Researchers Use 3D Modeling Software to Run Asteroid Impact Scenarios, Give First Responders a Way to Identify and Defend Against Asteroid Strikes

If you were at all conscious in the year 1998, then you remember the major end-of-the-world asteroid movie that came out that year, Armageddon; not to be confused with the major end-of-the-world comet movie Deep Impact, which inexplicably came out the exact same year and introduced us all to the terrifying acronym E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event). Of […]

If you were at all conscious in the year 1998, then you remember the major end-of-the-world asteroid movie that came out that year, Armageddon; not to be confused with the major end-of-the-world comet movie Deep Impact, which inexplicably came out the exact same year...
3D Printing in Space: Optomec Wins NASA Contract to Develop Adaptive Laser Sintering System

3D Printing in Space: Optomec Wins NASA Contract to Develop Adaptive Laser Sintering System

Optomec is on a mission to advance 3D printed electronics, and they’ve been very busy and productive towards fulfilling that mission lately. A couple of weeks ago, the company received an award towards the development of 3D printed flexible hybrid electronics, and today Optomec announced that they have been awarded a NASA SBIR contract for […]

Optomec is on a mission to advance 3D printed electronics, and they’ve been very busy and productive towards fulfilling that mission lately. A couple of weeks ago, the company received an award towards the development of 3D printed flexible hybrid electronics,...
Nano Dimension to Develop 3D Printed Ceramic Components for Space, Raises $4.8M in Private Placement Agreements

Nano Dimension to Develop 3D Printed Ceramic Components for Space, Raises $4.8M in Private Placement Agreements

This winter, not long after Nano Dimension brought its innovative DragonFly 2020 3D printer to CES 2017, the company surprised everyone when it announced that it would be moving into a brand new area of development. While Nano Dimension was still in the middle of delivering its PCB printer to multitudes of beta customers, it would also begin […]

This winter, not long after Nano Dimension brought its innovative DragonFly 2020 3D printer to CES 2017, the company surprised everyone when it announced that it would be moving into a brand new area of development. While Nano Dimension was still in the middle of...
First Commercial Space Station Set to Launch in 2020; Axiom Plans to Use It As a Manufacturing and 3D Printing Hub by 2027

First Commercial Space Station Set to Launch in 2020; Axiom Plans to Use It As a Manufacturing and 3D Printing Hub by 2027

In 2014, history was made as the SpaceX Dragon supply freighter docked with the ISS, carrying supplies and the first 3D printer in space, the Made In Space zero-gravity 3D printer. About two years later, a second Made In Space 3D printer, dubbed the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), was sent up to the ISS. But Houston-based […]

In 2014, history was made as the SpaceX Dragon supply freighter docked with the ISS, carrying supplies and the first 3D printer in space, the Made In Space zero-gravity 3D printer. About two years later, a second Made In Space 3D printer, dubbed the Additive...
NASA Uses Artec 3D Scanner to Build Virtual Reality Training Environment

NASA Uses Artec 3D Scanner to Build Virtual Reality Training Environment

In 2015, NASA opened the Hybrid Reality Lab, to allow NASA engineers to train in simulated environments that are as realistic as possible. The lab provides an immersive experience by combining consumer virtual reality technology with tracked 3D objects for both realistic visuals and tactile feedback. The lab uses off-the-shelf virtual reality headsets, Unreal Engine […]

In 2015, NASA opened the Hybrid Reality Lab, to allow NASA engineers to train in simulated environments that are as realistic as possible. The lab provides an immersive experience by combining consumer virtual reality technology with tracked 3D objects for both...

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