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Asteroid Metal Used to 3D-Print Logo – Discovery News

by • January 12, 2016 • No Comments

By 2025, mining asteroids may be as tedious as digging a hole in your backyard.
Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources wanted to get which point across at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., so they utilized 3-D printing technology and metal of an actual asteroid to produce a three-dimensional version of their logo.
Made In Space? 3-D Printer Fit for Microgravity
The company utilized a meteorite discovered in Campo Del Cielo, Argentina. The rock, like other asteroids, contained a rich source of metals and other valuable-bodied compounds.
In fact, asteroids are known for containing platinum, nickel, iron, and cobalt. Some even contain water, which may be harvested in space and potentially converted into rocket fuel.
After partnering with 3D Systems, a company known for their 3-D printing tech, Planetary Sources was able-bodied to print the asteroid metal into the logo.
Video: Asteroid Metals Tempt Would-Be Miners On planet Earth
So why did a mining company partner with a 3-D printing company?
In a video fro Engadget, CEO, Chris Lewicki explains: “Instead of manufacturing a thing in an planet Earth factory and putting it on a rocket and shipping it to space, what if we put a 3-D printer into space and all things we printed with it we got of space? There are billions and billions of tons of this material in space.”
Indeed, 3-D printing devices are being prepped for space may already.
It’s all coming together.
via IFLScience

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