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Additive Manufacturing Facility: 3D Printing The Future in Space

20 Mar 2019, 14:50 UTC
Additive Manufacturing Facility: 3D Printing The Future in Space
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A 3D printed multi-tool, designed by students in the Future Engineers program, floats in front of Additive Manufacturing Facility on the International Space Station | Image credit: NASAAdditive Manufacturing Facility: 3D Printing The Future in SpaceIn 2014, Made In Space (MIS), in partnership with NASA, made history by manufacturing the first object ever produced off the Earth. This defining moment symbolizes the vision of our company — to develop manufacturing capabilities in microgravity that would support the long-term industrialization of space. From that historic milestone, we developed a permanent manufacturing facility on the International Space Station (ISS), our Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), that has ushered in a new era of manufacturing in orbit.AMF is our flagship technology onboard the ISS and its versatility and durability have made it a reliable resource for government and commercial customers since its activation in 2016. With nearly three years of successful operations, it has produced 115 tools, assets, and parts in orbit. AMF’s legacy has been the foundation for our technology roadmap and manufacturing programs as we develop new capabilities that will leverage additive manufacturing in space for unprecedented applications.Expanding applications through different materialsAMF is the first-ever, commercial facility to print with ABS, PEI-PC, ...

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