These 3D printers work in a similar fashion to standard printers. However, rather than printing layers of ink on paper, 3D printers create objects with layers of “feedstock” (metal, plastic, etc.).
CEO and Co-Founder of Made in Space, Alex Kemmer, optimistically proclaims that “3D printing and in-space manufacturing will dramatically change the way we look at space exploration, commercialization, and mission design today. The possibilities range from building on-demand parts for human missions to building large space habitats that are optimized for space.”
Within three years, Made in Space intends to have a functional 3D printer in space. According to CTO and co-founder of Made in Space, Jason Dunn, Made in Space already knew “3D printing works in zero-gravity to some degree.” What Made in Space is trying to find out now is how well it works. As a result, we can expect more zero-gravity testing to arise within the next couple of years.
Hopefully, Made in Space’s predictions are accurate and we see a functional 3D printer in space within the next three years since creating space stations and equipment in space would certainly be more economical.
Written By: Jenna Elizabeth