This proposed work will provide key elements required by the direct 3D printing of electronic devices. It potentially enables NASA the technology for advanced manufacturing process to produce electronics in space. It could result in a commercial 3D printing semiconductor materials that is crucial for in-situ resource generation of printed electronics for in-space advanced manufacturing and repair. - In-situ production of functional electronic/electromechanical devices on demand. - In space advanced manufacturing and repair, including printed electronics. - Influence and benefit human related systems or facilities operated temporarily or permanently in space. - New design techniques and software.
- Direct printing of mechanical systems with build in electronic properties. - Robotics and active mechanics. - Direct printing of various sensors. - New software (CAD) tools integrating functional electronic design with mechanical system design. - New multidisciplinary educational tools. Impact on the creation of new types of engineers.