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The 3D Printing Space Race Continues as China Successfully Tests Zero-Gravity 3D Printer

by • April 13, 2016 • No Comments

en_pol_02_2014enOne of the many amazing applications of 3D printing innovation, in my opinion, is 3D printing in space. We’ve been closely next the progress of NASA and Made In Space at any time since they created history by sending a 3D printing device to the International Space Station and creating the initially-at any time objects to be 3D printed outside the Earth’s atmosphere, in zero-gravity. Steady progress has been created since and so, as the American organizations work towards establishing a permanent outer space additive making facility.

I’ve frequently idea that zero-gravity 3D printing is the new space race, as multinational organizations hustle to be at the forefront of the development of outer space 3D printing innovation. Everyone wants to be the initially to create structures on the moon, or on Mars, and to shoot ahead of all others as the leader in space exploration – alyet international space agencies do seem to be open to collaboration. It is clear that 3D printing is perfectly
crucial to advancing space exploration. Zero-gravity 3D printing allows for for the make of significant parts and tools while in transit on a spacecraft, and, according to experts, it’s the just way we are going to be able-bodied to create any sort of temporary or permanent bases on other planets.


So, zero-gravity 3D printing is a primary priority for space programs all over the world, and while the United States is major in the development of the innovation, China seems to be catching up. The Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization (CSU), part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has been working on developing their own zero-gravity 3D printing device, and according to new reports of the center, it’s going pretty well.


[Image: Wang Gong]

A research team of CAS newly carried out a series of tests on their printing device over the course of of two weeks, of February 22 to March 5. The tests, that were conducted in Bordeaux, France, involved 93 parabolic test flights that subjected the printing device to zero-gravity conditions for of 22 seconds at a time. In a prime example of the internationally collaborative environment of the 3D printing space race, the test flights were facilitated by the Space Administration of Germany.

According to CAS, the team is elated with the results. The tests involved two various printing technologies and five various materials, which include a fiber reinforced polymer that, according to the team’s technical chief Wang Gong, has not been tested by NASA. The samples printed as the team had hoped they may.

In addition to its multi-material capabilities, the Chinese printing device is apparently bigger than NASA’s, with a create volume of 220 ×140 ×150 mm. It is an impressive-sounding machine, but no information has been provided as to when China can take on commence the printing device, that CSU created with assist of the Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, into space. It looks as yet they’re getting close, howat any time, and hopefully we will be hearing additional in the near next. In the meantime, NASA and Made In Space pretty aren’t in danger of falling behind, as they go on to surge forward with the development of a huge 3D printing space robot in addition to a permanent zero-gravity additive making facility. Following this race has been a lot of fun. Discuss in the China Zero Gravity 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.