3D printing goes one step further, but now outside our planet
From its early development and prototypes, we’ve witnessed the endless possibilities that brings 3D, same ranging from print entertainment to more serious aspects that point to surprising things is how we have seen developments in medicine with all types of prostheses , books for the blind , to back us on a small scale.
Therefore, increasingly there are fields that use 3D printing in their own development, with NASA who now seeks to exploit this new technology taking today, after so many trials, the first 3D printer to the International Space Station, same to be included within the Space Rocket Dragon X-4, which is catering to the station.
A new form of supply
Under the mission in 3D Printing Technology Demonstration Zero-G is as small company called Made in Space has worked in recent months with NASA to send the 3D Portal, the first 3D printer that has gone through more than 30,000 hours of printing 400 parabolic flights this with the intention of testing its operation under microgravity, but are testing this at the end, as your time will come to be in the International Space Station, which is when we will know if it really is made for these conditions.
With this printer the astronauts can make parts and tools on demand, and thus not dependent on supply missions, with that will reduce costs and time. If everything is a success opens the possibility of setting up a workshop for all future missions to asteroids and even certain Mars.
Another advantage is that its use can be monitored and commands from the ground, which does not require the intervention of the astronauts. From the land may pre-load the designs according to the needs, giving option even have an entire store supply the parts you require.
This printer has been a challenge for NASA to Made in Space, as it is not an ordinary printer, no, it is specially designed for heat and print materials work in zero gravity, so there is almost no convection by having a new temperature management. Similarly, this printer does not emit fumes, as they may contaminate the living conditions inside the space station.