With an enormous mirror 21 feet in diameter and a sun shield the size of a two-story building, the James Webb Space Telescope is a mighty creation which will fully deploy in an orbit about 1 million miles from Earth.
The mission: To boldly go where no man has gone before… on the cheap. A group of University of California San Diego students have built a working, 7 inch-long rocket engine using a 3D printer.
They call it "Digital Tapestry," and Lockheed Martin Space Systems says the system hinges on using 3D printing as part of a next-generation digital integration design and manufacturing process.
Afate Gnikou, geographer and researcher from Togo in Africa, and his team won first place in NASA's International Apps Challenge in Paris earlier this year by building a 3D printer out of scrap parts he pulled from a landfill.
Over the past year Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) has been working with NASA to produce satellites which can be 3D printed in space. Now, they have received funding from the...