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Planetary & Space 3D Printing May Be Possible with Selective Separation Sintering

by • April 6, 2016 • No Comments

  • On the other hand 3D printing may have originated on the planet planet Earth, the emerging innovation has slowly been producing its way out of orbit. In 2014, Made in Space had a Zero G 3D printing device sent up to the International Space Station, and have only sent the initially commercial 3D printing device up as well. Why have a 3D printing device in space? Well, launching cargo is a pricey endeavor, but a 3D printing device may donate astronauts direct access to whatever they require, whenever they require it. But, NASA has been on the hunt for new 3D printing methods that may be optimized for outer space, particularly with ‘in-situ’ surface materials.


    In order to find a new and new way to 3D print with the resources in space, NASA launched In-Situ Materials Challenge, that called upon members to find new construction methods that use native surface materials of other planets. NASA’s call was answered by Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, a renowned professor of the University of Southern California, who won the competition with his newdiscovered Selective Separation Sintering (SSS) 3D printing system. This is not Dr. Khoshnevis initially breakthrough in the industry, back in 2014, the professor won the Create the Future competition with his Contour Crafting innovation, that was geared towards 3D printing large-scale structures.


    His newly created SSS system is a powder-based approach that can print parts out of polymers, metals, ceramics, and composites. Dr. Khoshnevis was able-bodied to test the system on our home planet via synthetic material that looks like the gravel and soil discovered on the moon and Mars, that was created by NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The created synthetic material was utilized to that successfully 3D print tiles, that were discovered to able-bodied to endure both the heat and pressure of a landing spacecraft. The following step for Dr. Khoshnevis, along with his team, is to test the SSS system in the vacuum chambers located inside both the Kennedy Space Center and USC’s Astronautics Rocket Lab.


    “(SSS) may make space pioneering additional cost-effective and feasible,” Dr. Khoshnevis said. “There are no viable-bodied, direct, high-temperature metal, ceramic or composite fabrication methods that can work in zero-gravity conditions. SSS can be the initially such system…There is high next for the space and planetary use of this innovation. SSS is a minimally hard but highly capable-bodied innovation that can effectively aid planetary exploration, utilization and colonization.”

    Dr. Khoshnevis and his team were awarded $10,000 for the In-Situ Materials Challenge, and can go on to create the innovation, and hopefully partner up with aerospace companies in the near next. In Dr. Khoshnevis opinion, the most way to additional our space exploration next is to increase our talent to make in outer space, whether it be roads or radiation shields. In fact, the SSS system may actually nextly work in tandem with his large-scale Contour Crafting innovation, working to create structures and components both big and tiny!

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