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U.S. Air Force – The first approved project was printed on the Stratasys F900

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According to Travis release,” The first approved project was printed on the Stratasys F900, can print parts with dimensions up to 36 inches x 24 inches x 36 inches made of Ultem 9085, a specialized plastic known for its extra flexibility, density and strength. The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif., is the Air Force’s first-ever field unit to be equipped with a Federal Aviation Administration- and USAF-certified 3D printer capable of producing aircraft parts. Typically, parts that don’t keep the aircraft from performing their mission don’t have as high as a priority for replacement.”
According to MSgt. John Higgs, the squadron’s metals technology section chief, in the release, “We already have a list from the Air Force level to help them print and to backfill some supplies. This will ensure other bases can replace items sooner than expected with our help.”

Travis Maintenance Squadron First to Produce Certified, 3D-Printed Parts

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3D Printer will Recycle Plastic in Space

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According to NASA, “The Refabricator on the International Space Station is a hybrid 3D printer that can also recycle materials to make new items. This technology could prove useful for future exploration missions to the Moon and Mars”.

http://www.nasa.gov/iss-science

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/centers/marshall/combination-3d-printer-will-recycle-plastic-in-space.html

International Space Station to Launch World’s First 3D Printed Satellite Assembled at Tomsk Polytechnic University

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International Space Station to Launch World’s First 3D Printed Satellite Assembled at Tomsk Polytechnic University

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Tomsk-TPU-120 satellite is the world’s first 3D printed satellite, built by scientists and students at Tomsk Polytechnic University.  The satellite was launched by the Soyuz-2.1 carrier on march 31, 2016 from from Baikonur Cosmodrome.  The satellite was delivered to the International Space Station on April 1st, 2016.  The satellite includes scientific instruments including solar panels, battery, and on-board radio equipment.

 

http://tpu.ru/en/news-events/760/

 

Dr. 3D Printer Solutions for 3d printing question(3D Printing a Wrench in Space)

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3D Printing a Wrench in Space

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NASA and Made In Space, Inc. have partnered to install a 3D printer in the International Space Station.   This is the first tool to be 3D printed in space that was designed on earth and emailed to the International Space Station.  The wrench took 4 hours to create on the space station.

According to NASA’s, chief strategy officer of Made in Space,”These first 3D prints will be brought down to Earth for examination where they’ll be compared to identical objects manufactured on the ground we’ll use them to characterize the effects of long-term microgravity on our 3D-printing process, so that we can model and predict the performance of objects that we manufacture in space in the future.”

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http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/detail/wrench-mis

http://www.madeinspace.us/

https://www.facebook.com/WeAreMadeInSpace

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made_In_Space,_Inc.

http://www.space.com/28118-3d-printed-wrench-space-station.html

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/27/tech/made-in-space-3-d-printer-nasa/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/27/tech/made-in-space-3-d-printer-nasa/