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The future of Mars will be 3D

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The future of Mars will be 3D

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Growing up in Jakarta’s polluted slums, Vera Mulyani loved building things. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an architect. More than two decades later, Mulyani is a self-proclaimed “Marschitect,” and spends her time brainstorming how human life might be sustained on the red planet. After studying at École d’Architecture de Nantes in France and […]

via The future of Mars will be 3D-printed in the Mojave Desert — Quartz

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3D Printing in Space: A Thermoplastic for Additive Manufacturing from Stratasys

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3D  Printing in Space: A Thermoplastic for Additive Manufacturing from Stratasys

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Equipment used in space encounters extreme environment, for example, large temperature changes in short periods of time, extreme radiations, and so on.  One problem encountered in space is rapid build-up of electrostatic charge.  To address such conditions, Stratasys Advanced Materials has developed ESD PEKK, a thermoplastic for additive manufacturing that has electrostatic dissipative (ESD) qualities.  The ESD properties combined with excellent mechanical and thermal properties makes ESD PEKK suitable for advanced electronics applications, for example, for use in space.

 

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Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) 3D Printing Food for Space Missions

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According to the Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC),” is developing technology for 3D printing food for space missions.  Astronauts typically do not get the type of food that we take for granted here on earth every day.  They get food in pouches that has very different flavor and texture compared to the food we eat daily on earth.  Also storing the food in the pouches for long term causes degradation in its nutrients.

SMRC is using 3D printing technology to provide astronauts in space with food similar to what we eat here on earth.  Also, their technology introduces nutrition supplements to compensate for any degradation due to long storage.  Also, if someone fell sick in space, their technology will be able to 3D print therapeutic food.

SMRC has demonstrated the technology by 3D printing pizza.  The 3D printer first dispenses pizza dough on a hot plate.  The dough is cooked and then pizza sauce and cheese is dispensed.  This technology could be critical if we had long term space missions in future, for example, a mission to Mars”.

http://systemsandmaterials.com/technologies/3d-printed-food/

 

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home/feature_3d_food_prt.htm

 

http://www.space.com/21308-3d-printing-nasa-space-food.html

 

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