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Why NASA loves 3D printing

posted 12 November 2014 at 14:57:25

The Orbital 3D printer, designed by company Made In Space, has made headlines by being blasted into space to undergo rigorous testing. And it’s already beginning to prove its worth. When the Made In Space team heard that the astronauts needed a ratcheting socket wrench to perform a task on the spaceship, they got to work and quickly designed the tool to their exact specifications. Then they prepared the 3D file for printing and relayed the data to the space station, so that all the astronauts needed to do was to hit the Print button. Result: one ratcheting socket wrench printed in Space. Job done!

Picture: NASA