11 Jul

Metal 3D: Development of the first metal 3D printer for the International Space Station

A Cranfield University designed 3D printer was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on a mission to find out how metal printing powered by lasers is affected by the microgravity environment of space. The printer was taken into space on board Falcon 9 rocket (Cygnus NG-20 mission), launched from Florida on the 29 of January 2024. The 300kg cargo was transported in parts and then reassembled on board by astronauts.