Founded in 2010 with the goal of enabling humanity’s future in space, Made In Space, Inc. has developed additive manufacturing technology for use in zero-gravity. By constructing hardware that can build what is needed in space, as opposed to launching it from Earth, the company plans to accelerate and broaden space development while also providing unprecedented access for people on Earth to use in-space capabilities.
Made In Space’s team consists of successful entrepreneurs, experienced space experts and key 3D printing developers. With over 30,000+ hours of 3D printing technology testing, and 400+ parabolas of microgravity test flights, Made In Space’s experience and expertise has led to the first 3D printers designed and built for use on the International Space Station.
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Made In Space, Inc.
August 1, 2010
Mountain View, CA
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140 Dailey Road
Moffett Field, CA 94035
President & CEO - Andrew Rush
Chief Engineer - Michael Snyder
Chief Technology Officer - Jason Dunn
- Why did Made In Space get started?
Made In Space was founded to address the growing need for off-world manufacturing capabilities. Whether we are considering advanced robotic manufacture and assembly of large structures on orbit, or iterative design and manufacture capabilities for deep space missions, Made In Space, Inc. is consistently solving the challenges of manufacturing in space, on other worlds, and in the most extreme environments on Earth.
- Why manufacture in space?
Manufacturing in space enables us to achieve greater cost savings (versus having to launch expensive cargos from Earth) and make greater exploration of space possible. Using raw material that's either sent from Earth or sourced from space, our technology supports a wide range of on orbit manufacturing needs, from iterative design for tools and parts on the ISS to exotic optical fiber that's produced in space and used on Earth. Additionally, the unique properties of microgravity can enable the on orbit manufacture of products that are actually superior to their terrestrial counterparts.
- Does Made In Space only make 3D printers that work in microgravity?
Made In Space, Inc. develops a very wide range of manufacturing technologies for use in space and on Earth. We’ve designed and built additive manufacturing devices for companies such as Lowe’s, as well as developed 3D printing solutions for military and private customers operating in extreme and remote environments here on Earth. In addition to our 3D printing solutions for Earth and space, we have also developed a manufacturing device that produces exotic optical fiber in microgravity, Made In Space Fiber Optics (MIS Fiber). MIS Fiber offers offers significant improvements to fiber optics manufactured on Earth. We've also developed a set of advanced robotic manufacture and assembly technologies called Archinaut. Archinaut enables the autonomous manufacture and assembly of huge structures and spacecraft on orbit, shifting the paradigm of spacecraft manufacture to take place in space instead of on Earth.
How does Made In Space send hardware to space?
Right now, when we want to send hardware to space, we launch it on a rocket. In the past, our hardware has been launched to the ISS and installed by the crew for remote use from Earth. In the near future, though, we'll be deploying manufacturing technology in free-space that delivers a wide range of manufacture and assembly capabilities to space. We call this technology Archinaut.
What Manufacturing technology has Made In Space currently deployed on orbit?
Made In Space has developed both 3D printers on the ISS. The first printer we sent to station, 3DP, is an experimental printer that served as the first 3D printer ever to operate in space. The second piece of hardware we sent to space is called the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF). AMF is an advanced 3D printer, designed to work in the microgravity environment of space. With more expansive capabilities than its earlier prototype, AMF can support life on the space station by manufacturing tools, parts or medical devices that are needed on orbit. AMF is currently operational aboard the ISS, and serves as humanity's first and only off-world commercial manufacturing facility.
In the summer of 2017, we will send Made In Space Fiber Optics (MIS Fiber) to the ISS, which will manufacture high value-to-mass ZBLAN optical fiber in space. Once manufacutred, the payload will return to home so the fiber may be used on Earth.
Soon, we'll be deploying a version of Archinaut, which is a platform specifically designed to create large structures for space, in space.