Insights into the future of Additive Manufacturing in Space from ISS National Lab workshop – 3D Printing Industry

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The Additive Manufacturing in Space Workshop was recently hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the ISS National Lab, on July 28, 2020.
The virtual half-day event saw a plethora of industry, academic, and government experts discussing additive manufacturing in the microgravity of space, and its potential for the development of new advanced materials. The workshop also covered the challenges faced when printing on the ISS and any new opportunities that may arise as a result of leveraging near zero-gravity conditions.
The day kicked off with an opening main session which involved experts – including 3D Printing Industry’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Petch – presenting current trends, research, and challenges. Following the presentations, three individual breakout sessions focused on microgravity-specific materials and processes, in-situ resource utilization, and in-space production took place. During the sessions, workshop participants shared knowledge and discussed the most promising pathways to successful R&D and in-space manufacturing.
The Additive Manufacturing in Space workshop featured presentations from a range of industry experts, the photo is from a previous edition. Photo via the ISS National Lab.
Main session presentations
The main session presentations aimed to provide a technical overview of the topic, touching on materials, hardware, …

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