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3D Print Element

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3D Print Element

To prepare for a future when parts can be printed on demand in space, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and Made in Space of Mountain View, Calif., have partnered to develop and launch the first 3D printing experiment to the International Space Station. The 3D printing experiment aboard the space station will implement the first device used to manufacture parts in space. The printer uses extrusion additive manufacturing, which builds objects layer by layer out of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic, the same material that is used to manufacturea Lego\xa8 brick) and other materials. More than 20 parts will be printed from computer-aided design files loaded on the printer with the ability to uplinked additional files from Earth.

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