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Uses 3D printer for spare parts

20 Sep, 2014

3dp-hardware-short-1-522x293Nasa is sending a 3D printer into space where it hopes astronauts will be able to use it to create spare parts for the International Space Station. The printer, made by a California company called Made In Space, is among more than 5,000lbs of cargo inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule which is due to launch on Saturday. Jeff Sheehy:

If we’re really going to set up shop on Mars, we really can’t afford to bring everything we need for an indefinite amount of time.¬†We’ll need to get to the point where we can make things that we need as we go.