3D Printing from Alien Materials

At CES this year is a true achievement, Planetary Resources and 3D Systems’ have unveiled the first object that has been additivly manufactured from materials that did not originate on planet Earth.

Link to article on Engadget
I backed Planetart Resources on Kickstarter a while back with their Arkyd spacecraft which is to prove that asteroids can be captured and mined for minerals, proving that manufacture can occurs in space. I’m very keen on this as it ties in greatly with my PhD where I am endeavouring to develop methods and processes to get the best out of additive manufacturing whilst using the minimum of material.


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