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Summary Report on Phase I Results from the 3D Printing in Zero G Technology Demonstration Mission, Volume IHuman space exploration to date has been confined to low-Earth orbit and the Moon. The International Space Station (ISS) provides a unique opportunity for researchers to prove out the technologies that will enable humans to safely live and work in space for longer periods of time and venture beyond the Earth/Moon system. The ability to manufacture parts in-space rather than launch them from Earth represents a fundamental shift in the current risk and logistics paradigm for human spaceflight. In September 2014, NASA, in partnership with Made In Space, Inc., launched the 3D Printing in Zero-G technology demonstration mission to explore the potential of additive manufacturing for in-space applications and demonstrate the capability to manufacture parts and tools on orbit using fused deposition modeling. This Technical Publication summarizes the results of testing to date of the ground control and flight prints from the first phase of this ISS payload.
Document ID
20160008972
Document Type
Technical Publication (TP)
Authors
Prater, T. J.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Bean, Q. A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Beshears, R. D.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Rolin, T. D.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Werkheiser, N. J.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Ordonez, E. A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Ryan, R. M.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Ledbetter, F. E., III
(Marshall Integrated Programmatic Support Services (MIPSS) Huntsville, AL, United states)
Date Acquired
July 12, 2016
Publication Date
July 1, 2016
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
NASA/TP-2016-219101
MSFC-E-DAA-TN31491
M-1415
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNM14AA02T
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
in-space manufacturing
microgravity materials processing
additive manufacturing

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