Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA Unboxes Delivery of First 3D-Printed Items Made in Space
Watch Quincy Bean, the principal investigator for the International Space Station's printer, remove and inspect the first items made in space with a 3D printer. To protect the space-manufactured items, they must remain in bags until inspection is complete and testing begins at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. More than 20 parts were unboxed on April 6, 2015, at Marshall's Additive Manufacturing Laboratory. Additive manufacturing has the potential to change the way we resupply the space station and will be critical for deep space missions to Mars, asteroids, and other places.