From its early developments and prototypes, we have witnessed the infinite possibilities that brings 3D printing, same ranging from entertainment to more serious issues that point to amazing things, this is how we have seen developments in medicine with all types of prostheses, books for blind people, up to copies of us on a small scale.
Therefore, every time there are more fields that use 3D printing in their own development, and now NASA who seeks to take advantage of this new technology taking today, after so many tests, the first printer to the international space station 3D, in it will be included within the rocket Space x‑4 Dragon, which is that caters to the station.
A new form of supply
Under the mission 3D Printing in Zero-G Technology Demonstration is like the small company’s name Made in Space has worked over the past months with NASA to send the Portal 3D, the first 3D printer that has undergone more than 30 thousand hours of printing 400 parabolic flights, with the intention to test its performance under microgravity, but this end is evidence, since your time will come to be in the international station, which is when we will know if it really is made for these conditions.
With this printer the astronauts can manufacture spare parts and tools on-demand, and thus not depend on supply missions, this reduce costs and time. Where everything is a success it opens the possibility to assemble around a workshop for future missions to certain asteroid with Mars.
Another advantage is that its use can be monitored and with orders from the ground, which will not require the intervention of the astronauts. From Earth can pre-load designs according to the needs, which gives option to even have all a warehouse supply of parts requiring more.
This printer has been a challenge both for NASA and for Made in Space, since it is not an ordinary, printer, this has been specially designed so the heat and impression materials work in zero gravity, what there is almost no convection by having a new temperature management. Similarly, this printer does not emit vapors, Since these could contaminate the conditions with which live inside the space station.