|Attribute||Zero-G 3D Printer|
|Material||ABS Plastic (natural color)|
|Filament Diameter||1.75 mm|
|Launched to ISS||September 21st, 2014 @ 2:16 AM|
|Dimensions (inches)||9½ wide, 14½ deep, and 11½ tall|
|Print Volume (cm)||5 wide, 10 long, 5 tall|
Made In Space’s Zero-G Printer is the first 3D printer designed to operate in zero gravity. It was launched to the International Space Station on September 21st, 2014 under a partnership agreement between NASA MSFC and Made In Space. Contracted as the “3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment,” this first version of the Zero-G printer will begin the era of off-world manufacturing.
This initial version of the Zero-G Printer will serve as a test bed for understanding the long-term effects of microgravity on 3D printing, and how it can enable the future of space exploration. It is a culmination of contracts and development dating back to 2010 including microgravity tests with NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, R&D contracts under NASA’s SBIR Programs, and development contracts with NASA MSFC.
3D Printing In Zero-G Technology Demonstration
NASA Space Station Experiments nasa.gov.
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