3D Printing Material can Hold Up to Space Use

3D Printing Material can Hold Up to Space Use
A new 3D printing technique from Made in Space could allow astronauts to print tools on demand.

Although 3D-printed tools have been used in space already, the material limitations mean the tools must be used in the station—and not in the vacuum of space. To let the ISS inhabitants take their tools outside, Made in Space developed a material called (PEI/PC), which is made from polyehterimide/polycarbonate. The new material can withstand the UV environment of space without degrading, and could even be used to create spare parts for the station’s exterior.

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