Co-founder of Made In Space’s Mike Chen posted a message on Twitter: “Dragon spacecraft hatch open this marks the first time the International Space Station crew can get the 3D printerMadeInSpace..”
Dragon spacecraft docking with the space station before
American Time September 23, 2014 afternoon, co-founder of Made In Space’s Mike Chen posted a message on Twitter: “Dragon spacecraft hatch open this marks the first time the International Space Station crew can getMadeInSpace. 3D printers. “For a time, the news spread rapidly on the Internet –3D printing technology has entered the stratosphere and reach the space station!
Together with the space station
With the September 23 SpaceX’s Dragon (Dragon) cargo spacecraft successfully reached the International Space Station, and successful docking. For 3D printing enthusiasts around the world, some exciting history is to start slowly. As the first 3D printer running in space, Zero-G may be a lot to do, the most important is whether it can withstand the test of harsh environment of outer space has become an important tool for the survival of mankind in outer space.
Let us formally announced again, September 23, 2014 afternoon, the International Space Station astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Dragon received from the spacecraft a Zero-G 3D printer. There are 5000 pounds together with substances used for scientific research, including some live mice and fruit flies, the new spacesuit batteries and $ 30 million worth of equipment.
Zero-G 3D printer before being launched into space, NASA (NASA) has withstood the test print 20,000 hours, until only recently completed. It showed in the test very well, so that can be delivered in advance.
This 3D printer, about a foot high, 9.6 inches wide and 14.5 inches long, will be installed in the station’s microgravity science glovebox (MSG) years, where it will begin to demonstrate 3D printing parts or tools, the Earth people can see it on video via print NASA.gov. Will receive the printed parts of the practicality and strength test after. “3D printer will not be installed immediately.” Made in Space’s Mike Chen said. “NASA will arrange 3D printer, but will with the astronauts into consideration along with other activities.”
Made In Space Company co-founder Mike Chen
Scientists and entrepreneurs who are already clear that increasing material manufacturing (ie 3D printing) for technological progress has a strong supporting role, they will have more planned for 3D printing in space. At present, all of this is just the beginning.
The scientists’ goal is to present the astronauts can use the 3D printer to replace the damaged parts, and even the use of 3D printed parts assembled complete space equipment, such as during a visit to Mars. “If we really want to set point on Mars, then we will have to do.” NASA senior technical expert Jeff Sheehy said Friday.