Neil Jacobsohn Print your own car!

The advertising blurb says it all! "Be the first on your block to own an electric-0powered 3D-printed car....". So are printed spaceships so far-fetched, as per our MindBullet alongside?
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Posted: 16 January 2015 at 14:01

Doug Vining Made in space

Again it seems we have an uncanny knack to foresee the future! Or maybe someone is getting business ideas from our MindBullets? In 2014 we suggested that it would be easier to print large objects in space rather than launch them into orbit from the ground. Made in Space says it's feasible within five years.
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Posted: 2 March 2016 at 08:20

Anton Musgrave 3D printing just got real!

Science is moving quickly! A moving 'living' Ray has just been 3D printed! Just read the story, cast your mind forward 20 years and tell me your'e not astounded , if not a little nervous!
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Posted: 16 July 2016 at 15:39

Doug Vining 3D printers shaping the future of manufacturing

Some people are already dismissing consumer 3D printing as a passing fad. They may prove to be right. But one area where 3D printing is surging ahead, though still far from mature, is industrial manufacturing systems. As printing, or additive manufacturing systems become increasingly automated, robotized, and new technologies get developed, we will see large-scale disruption to traditional manufacturing and logistics businesses. And we will also see entirely novel products and things emerging, as we envisioned in this MindBullet about printing large structures in space.

One of the hot new technologies is NanoParticle Jetting - printing liquid metal. I'm not entirely sure how it works, but the prospects are fantastic.


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Posted: 28 September 2016 at 16:48

Doug Vining Print me a spaceship

We wrote a MindBullet scenario a couple of years ago, that suggested it would be easier to 3D-print a giant spaceship in orbit, rather than launch such a huge payload from the surface of the planet. It seems now, that 3D printing is also being increasingly employed to build space capsules for launching humans into orbit. Not only is Boeing using metal 3D printing for aircraft parts, but also both metal and plastic printed parts for their upcoming Starliner 'space taxi'.
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Posted: 7 February 2017 at 10:11

Doug Vining 3D printing in space

As we pointed out in our MindBullet from a couple of years ago, there are big advantages to construction of massive items in orbit. Not only is it easy to handle heavy components in micro-gravity, but the constraints of rocket payloads can also be overcome. 3D printing and robotic construction is the obvious way to exploit these benefits. It seems that Made In Space, who installed the first 3D printer aboard the International Space Station, have grand plans for constructing all kinds of things in space.
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Posted: 23 March 2017 at 09:34

Doug Vining Making it in Space

Made In Space just took another step toward its goal of building telescopes and other large structures off Earth.
A 3D printer built by the California-based company churned out multiple polymer-alloy objects — the largest of which was a 33.5-inch-long (85 centimeters) beam — during a 24-day test inside a thermal vacuum chamber (TVAC) here in Silicon Valley at NASA's Ames Research Center in June.
The milestone marks the first time a 3D printer has created "extended structures" in a space-like environment, Made In Space representatives said here Thursday (Aug. 10) during a press event announcing the success of the June test. (The TVAC imposed the temperatures and vacuum of space, though standard Earth gravity remained.)
"This is an important milestone, because it means that we can now adaptively and on demand manufacture things in space," said Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush. "We have significantly de-risked that technology."
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Posted: 15 August 2017 at 07:22
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