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Re: The Brand New Made-in-Space Frontier
Posted by: Pam Baker 2016-03-26 06:52:51
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What happens when you're 220 miles above Earth on the International Space Station and you need a tool you don't have? You can print one yourself. In 2014, American astronauts for the first time printed a tool -- a ratchet wrench -- using a design file sent from NASA on the ground to the 3D printer spinning about in space. The feat was straight of visions of Star Trek's replicator -- and it was only the first step to much larger miracles in space. Here's what's happening now and how 3D printing is changing the future of space travel.


Re: The Brand New Made-in-Space Frontier
Posted by: Feedthepulse 2016-03-26 14:37:03 In reply to: Pam Baker
Raw material to 3D printer to product.
Product to waste to 3D printer to product. The perfect solution to a world running out of raw materials and drowning in waste. The future of production must include recycling and waste reduction. Great article.
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