3-D printer to launch into space, aid astronauts

(WXYZ) - Astronauts may not have to wait for resupply ships any longer thanks to new technology.

A 3-D printer, for the first time ever, will be sent into space later this year on a resupply mission.

Made in Space Incorporated designed the 3-D printer for operation in microgravity.

Researchers are hoping that the printer will work normally in space, producing parts that could be vital to astronauts on the International Space Station.

The printer dispenses heated plastic, which builds upon itself to create three dimensional objects.

The print time will vary depending on how complex the object is; Researchers say it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to print a part on the station.

If this is successful, NASA’s hope is that it will be a big step toward in-space manufacturing for future missions.

To read more about the 3-D printer that is set to launch into space go HERE.

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