US space agency NASA is all set to launch its ambitious device i.e. the first 3D printer into the space this month.
The American space agency is hopeful that the test of its innovative creation runs on the International Space Station effectively.
According to NASA scientists, the launch of the 3D printer towards the orbiting lab is scheduled on September 19. The device will blast off into space aboard unmanned Dragon cargo capsule of SpaceX.
The NASA team behind the project said that the new innovation would lay the foundation of broader in-space manufacturing capabilities.
Briefing more about the device, the space agency officials said that “the final result could be far less reliance on resupply from our planet Earth which may lead to more efficient and cheaper space missions to distant celestial objects like Mars.”
Talking about the innovative device in a statement, Niki Werkheiser, manager of NASA’s “3-D Printing in Zero-G” project, said, “The on-demand capability can revolutionize the constrained supply chain model we are limited to today and will be critical for exploration missions.”
Werkheiser works at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The microwave-size 3D printer was manufactured by California-based startup Made in Space and got clearance for flight in April following an extensive series of tests at Marshall.
The space mission of 3D Printing at zero gravitation is a collaborative effort between NASA and Made in Space.
3D printers construct objects layer by layer from various components including metal, composites, plastic and other materials. The technique used for printing is called extrusion additive manufacturing.
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