29 October 2018
ExecutiveGov reported that NASA aims to “build habitats on other planets and landing pods through the use of additive manufacturing processes.” NASA Director of Advanced Exploration Systems Jason Crusan “said manufacturing advancements on Earth have made 3D printers capable of developing necessary tools for the agency’s space-based operations.” Crusan anticipates that additive manufacturing could help NASA respond quickly to emergencies aboard the ISS instead of waiting almost three or four months for equipment deliveries. NASA is currently developing a “refabricator in an effort to help ISS crew recycle or print materials, and the agency plans to implement the refabricator to understand the amount of times a component is printed before its material properties change.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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