Relativity Space achieved their milestone this week, sort of.
NASA Announces New Research Institute Focused on Advanced Manufacturing
NASA announced the creation of a new research institute dedicated to advanced manufacturing.
Nasa Wants To Build A Pipeline On The Moon
The space agency is studying moon-based robots and additive manufacturing to build a pipeline that transports oxygen from an extraction site to a lunar base.
Rocket Launched by UC Berkeley Students Contains 3D Printed Components
Students at UC Berkeley have launched a large rocket containing a number of 3D printed components.
3D Printing Industry Set to Take Off with Relativity Space’s Milestone Launch
Relativity Space is nearing a key milestone, and so is 3D printing.
3D Printing Implications of the L3Harris Technologies Acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi believe recent corporate moves could boost 3D printing usage.
What Can Orion AM’s Thermal Radiation Fusion 3D Printing Process Produce?
Orion AM’s Thermal Radiation Fusion 3D printing process can produce incredibly strong parts.
Investigating a Unique 3D Printing Technique on the International Space Station
An obscure experiment on board the International Space Station could be a path for a very unusual 3D printing technique.
BeeHex Is Developing a Way to 3D Print Food From Plastic
We haven’t written about BeeHex for quite some time, but it turns out they’ve been developing an unusual food 3D printing technology involving plastics.
Overcoming Outgassing and Weight Challenges with 3D Printing for Space Applications
If you think 3D printing mechanical parts is tricky, try making parts for space applications.
ICON Awarded Massive NASA Contract for Lunar 3D Printing
ICON has landed a US$57.2M contract with NASA to 3D print a Lunar 3D printing system.
The Use of Additive Manufacturing in Space: an AM Coalition Webinar
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi review a webinar focusing on use of additive manufacturing in space applications.
A Different Way To 3D Print Rockets
Firehawk Aerospace is 3D printing rockets, but not in the way you might think.
Space Startups and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at some of the many space startups now leveraging metal 3D printing.
Design of the Week: TG89 Cube
This week’s selection is the TG89 Cube by Bart Smits.
Anisoprint Signs Orbital Deal
Anisoprint signed a deal with Nanoracks to develop a space-based continuous carbon fiber 3D printing capability.
Design of the Week: Starship SN15
This week’s selection is the set of Starship 3D models by Yoan Soilen.
3D Printed Copper Rocket Engine Tested Successfully
Launcher has successfully tested a unique 3D printed copper rocket engine.
NASA’s 3D Printed Metal Alloy Breakthrough
NASA announced the development of a powerful new metal alloy that will be of specific interest by the aerospace sector.
Even More ESA Efforts on Space-Based 3D Printing Coming
The European Space Agency has significant interest in space-based 3D printing, now with yet another project launched.
AddUp Developing Space-Based Metal 3D Printer
There’s yet another 3D printer destined for the International Space Station, this time a metal 3D printer.
BEEVERYCREATIVE Completes Continuous Space 3D Printer Prototype
BEEVERYCREATIVE announced they have completed building the first prototype of their new space-based continuous 3D printer.
Using 3D Printed Catalysts To Power Rocket Engines
A PhD student in New Zealand is 3D printing catalysts to enable use of safer rocket propellants.
Life on Mars and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at how buildings could be 3D printed on another planet.
Experimental Warp Drive Vehicle To Be 3D Printed?
A curious scientific discovery could lead to a 3D printed space vehicle using warp drive, according to a recent announcement.
Incus and ESA Partner to Bring 3D Printing Technology to Outer Space
The 18-month collaboration seeks to develop and test Incus’ LMM 3D printing capabilities for spare parts manufacturing on lunar bases.
Redwire Partners With Blue Origin for Space Manufacturing
Blue Origin announced plans for a new space station, but the plan also includes a 3D printing system.
Zortrax Hitches a Ride on WoodSat
A 3D printed electrical circuit by Zortrax is set to take off on a unique wooden satellite.
Continuous Carbon Fiber 3D Prints For Space Applications?
I’m looking at a new project by Anisoprint where parts for a proposed lunar rover were produced.
Deere vs. Cat and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at two different equipment manufacturers and how they use 3D printing technology.
Design of the Week: Crew Dragon – M3
This week’s selection is the Crew Dragon – M3 by MoreThan3D.
Creality’s Massive Brazilian Mission
Last week Creality announced the “Space Robotics Project”, a venture intended to stimulate the minds of Brazilian schoolchildren.
Where There’s Data, There Could Be 3D Prints
A new scientific 3D print application demonstrates the value of data in 3D printing.
MX3D 3D Prints Prototype Lunar Habitat Floor
MX3D has 3D printed a prototype metal lunar habitat floor for ESA.
AON3D’s New Investment Could Take Them To The Moon
AON3D announced a major new investment and a partnership on a lunar project.
Fabrisonic’s Space Ambitions
Another company announced intentions to produce a space-based 3D printer: Fabrisonic.
Would You Live in a 3D Printed Martian Home for a Year?
NASA is looking for volunteers to inhabit a 3D printed Martian home.
NASA’s Redwire Regolith 3D Print Project
NASA has a new project to 3D print regolith.
Future Platform For Space-Based 3D Printing?
Varda Space Industries raised US$42M to help build their space-based manufacturing platform.
Relativity Space Reveals Fully 3D Printed Reusable Rocket
Relativity Space revealed Terran R, their fully 3D printed reusable rocket.
AMCM Provides Another Rocket-Building Large Format Metal 3D Printer
Rocket startup Launcher has acquired a massive custom-designed metal 3D printer from AMCM.
Why Would You 3D Print Leaves?
Researchers have done something no one has done before: 3D printing “living” leaves.
Students 3D Print Prototype “Lunar PAD”
A prototype lunar landing pad has been designed by students and 3D printed by ICON.
The Race To Space And 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Adam Friedman consider how 3D printing fits into space-focused investment activity.
Nano Dimension Testing 3D Printed Circuit Board In Orbit
Nano Dimension partnered with L3Harris to produce a 3D printed circuit board that is currently in orbit.
How Far Has 3D Printing Changed: From Prototype To Orbit
A partly 3D printed research satellite will test the envelope of 3D printed technology.
ESA Developing “Infinite” 3D Printer?
The European Space Agency is developing a new 3D printer capable of producing objects of “infinite” length, and it might use a new design suitable for belt 3D printers.
Design of the Week: Perseverance
This week’s selection is the Mars 2020 Rover Perseverance by NASA.
3D Printing: On Mars
If you’ve ever wondered why some keep trying to 3D print objects in space, I have a video for you.
Relativity Space Announces Massive 3D Printed Booster
Aerospace startup Relativity Space announced plans to develop a massive rocket booster that would be entirely 3D printed.
Design of the Week: 1:100 Scale International Space Station
This week’s selection is the incredible 1:100 Scale International Space Station print by Redditor gnome_skillet.
Orbex Buys “Largest Industrial 3D Printer”
Orbex has commissioned what will apparently be the largest industrial 3D printer in Europe.
Ursa Major Technologies Applies 3D Printing To Rocket Engines
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi consider out-of-this-world opportunities for 3D printing.
When MakerBot Is Not The MakerBot You Knew
I’m reading one of MakerBot’s recent case studies, and had a thought about how the company has changed.
Relativity Space Raises A Half Billion!
Rocket-maker Relativity Space is about to collect a whopping US$500M in a Series D raise.
Relativity Space Bags Major 3D Printed Rocket Client
Relativity Space has landed a major client, Lockheed.
Eleven 3D Printed Parts On NASA’s Perseverance Rover
NASA has revealed their use of 3D printed parts on the Perseverance rover, currently en route to the planet Mars.
Zortrax Completes Conductive PEEK 3D Print
Zortrax worked with the European Space Agency to successfully 3D print and test a conductive high-temperature material.
NASA Looks To Large-Scale 3D Printing For The Future Of Rocket Engines
As NASA continues to ramp up its work to explore space, 3D printing is taking its place among the stars — or at least the rockets that will get us there.
ESA Continues 3D Printing With Moon Dust In The Hopes Of Pursuing Extraterrestrial Building Opportunities
3D printing in space remains an intriguing proposition for the European Space Agency, which continues to examine native materials for extraterrestrial building opportunities.
Made In Space To Launch Ceramic 3D Printing To The ISS
Another 3D printing technology will soon be aboard the International Space Station as Made In Space is set to launch SLA into space for the first time.
SpaceX And ULA Rocket Contracts Take Off With 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding explores rocket-related 3D printing contracts.
6K Additive Makes Some Big Moves
6K Additive has commissioned their first units and at the same time has landed a sustainable client.
Relativity Space Scores Another 3D Printed Rocket Client
Big news: rocket startup Relativity Space has signed a deal with their fifth launch client, Iridium.
Redwire Acquires Made In Space, Reshapes Economics Of In-Space Manufacturing
Manufacturing in space is reshaping in a series of acquisitions.
Stratasys Client 3D Printing ISS Components, More To Come?
A new 3D printed part being used on the International Space Station could open up new worlds of 3D printing applications.
Rocket Crafters Tests STAR-3D 3D Printed Rocket Engine
Rocket Crafters has concluded testing of their revolutionary 3D printed hybrid rocket engine.
China Conducts 3D Printing Experiment In Orbit (Or Do They?)
The US may no longer the sole 3D printer operator in space, as China has demonstrated what appears to be a functioning 3D printer on their most recent mission.
Relativity Space to Launch First 3D-Printed Rocket
Relativity Space is currently working on its first rocket, the Terran 1, 3D printed with its own robotic printer, the Stargate.
Cosmonauts Bioprinting Rat Parts On Space Station
Cosmonauts are attempting to 3D print bone tissue using a bioprinter on the space station.
3D Printing Short Circuits Supply Chain Woes?
Could 3D printing strategies overcome supply chain challenges? It seems that one company has done exactly that.
3D Printed Rocket Engine Serves as Proof of Concept
Hyperganic 3D printed a rocket engine prototype that was designed using an Excel spreadsheet and a novel algorithm.
3D Printing In Space Started Small, Proving Viability
Years of experimentation are leading to affirmation: 3D printing in space, for in-space use, is looking viable.
Scottish Startup 3D Prints Eco Rocket Engine
A Scottish aerospace startup shows how to leverage metal 3D printing to enable development of an unprecedented rocket engine.
Space-Based Manufacturing Project Hints at Digital Manufacturing Constraints
Some thoughts about in-space manufacturing suggest a slightly different view of what digital inventory projects could or could not achieve on the ground.
Astronauts Can Now Recycle Plastics Into 3D Printing Filament
Why limit recycling to Earth when you can do it in outer space too?
Michaelyn Thomas: “Women In The Aerospace Industry Are Badass”
Dr. Michaelyn Thomas is the Head of Affordability at Virgin Orbit in Long Beach, California.
Is It Possible To 3D Print Spacecraft?
It has now been demonstrated it’s possible to 3D print spacecraft parts in thermoplastic thanks to an experiment by CRP Technology.
3D Printed Rockets Taking Off: $140M For Relativity Space
Relativity Space announced a major funding round, bringing its fully 3D printed rockets closer to an out-of-this-world reality.
3D Printed Rocket Manufacturer Gets First Customer
Can a rocket be entirely 3D printed? We will soon find out as Relativity Space gains their first customer, Momentus.
Space Startup Offering Earth-Based 3D Printed Housing Experience
Want to stay in a space habitat? One 3D printed space habitat is being offered to the public for short stays, but it’s located on Earth.
SpaceX’s SX 500 Superalloy Passes a Big Test
What can superalloys do on a 3D printer? They can take us to the stars.
The Importance and Potential of 3D Printing
3D printing has the potential to transform numerous industries. From medicine to automotive, many sectors have felt the benefits of this technology and what it can do.
GE Additive Goes Down Under
Focus is on Australia as GE Additive has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the New South Wales Government to bring industrial 3D printing capabilities to the new Aerotropolis project.
Design of the Week: TelescopePrime
Want a 3D printed telescope? The TelescopePrime project is parametric, inexpensive, powered by Raspberry Pi and can take pictures of the universe.
NASA’s BFF: A Microgravity Bioprinter to Print Human Tissue
This week a bioprinter will be launched to the International Space Station to test 3D printing organs and tissue. Find out why this could be important in the future.
Design of the Week: One Small Step
Celebrating 50 years since Apollo 11? Consider 3D printing this amazing 3D model of an actual footprint on the moon made by Buzz Aldrin in 1969.
Good News: 3D Print Technology In The Clear After SpaceX Incident
Is 3D print technology to blame for the SpaceX anomaly? It turns out no, and that portends a bright future for metal additive manufacturing in aerospace.
NASA Funds Made In Space with US$73M For Orbital 3D Printing
Could gigantic habitats be built in space? Made In Space’s Archinaut 3D printer is to demonstrate how to 3D print metal structures in orbit very soon.
Smithsonian 3D Prints Neil Armstrong
The Smithsonian Institution is 3D printing life-size copies of Neil Armstrong.
US & Japan: Stars Aligned for 3D Printing
Charles Goulding and Liam Nixon of R&D Tax Savers look at the relationship between the U.S. and Japan as it relates to 3D printing.
Relativity Space Spends US$59M On Massive 3D Printer Farm
Relativity Space has signed a deal with NASA to develop a rocket-printing factory.
Design of the Week: RADARSAT Constellation
This week’s selection is the RADARSAT Constellation by the Canadian Space Agency.
NASA’s Final 3D Printed Habitat Winners Announced
NASA’s four-year 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge has announced its top prizes.
Book of the Week: Additive Manufacturing for the Aerospace Industry
This week’s selection is “Additive Manufacturing for the Aerospace Industry” by Francis H. Froes and Rodney Boyer.