3D Printers May Go to Mars

As it turns out, 3D printing techniques are perfect for use in space. Printers have become small, compact, fast, and powerful and a wider array of engineering materials are now available.

Packing for a working trip to the International Space Station, the moon, or Mars must be a lot harder than packing for a business trip to Europe. If all an astronaut needed to take along was a 3D printer with the right software library of tools and spare parts (plus some raw materials), that would make things a lot simpler, and it would probably cut fuel costs by a lot.

Picture Credit: NASA

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