3D Printing Use #4: 3D Printer in Space
NASA is sending a 3D printer into space for astronauts to have on hand in all sorts of situations.
The idea is to have the printer in orbit to cut down on the equipment needed for astronauts to bring up there. The printer — which will be a hand-held size — would used 3D printing to create needed items such as tools for repairs.
“If you want to be adaptable, you have to be able to design and manufacture on the fly, and that’s where 3D printing in space comes in,” said Dave Korsmeyer, director of engineering at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, to The Associated Press.