Bringing 3D Printing to Mars

Researchers at Washington State University are testing a new high-performance material made from crushed Martian rock and titanium alloy — showing potential for 3D printing on Mars.

“In space, 3D printing is something that has to happen if we want to think of a manned mission because we really cannot carry everything from here,” said Amit Bandyopadhyay , a professor in WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. “And if we forgot something, we cannot come back to get it.”