How 3D Printing will Conquer Mars

3D printing is helping to fulfill the ancient human dream of colonizing Mars. The desire of amateur astronomers, but also of NASA, Elon Musk and the European Space Agency ESA, all of whom want to establish a permanent Mars settlement by 2050, is within reach.

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NASA scientists take bioprinting to new heights

Conventional electronic components have some disadvantages: They add weight and have the tendency to break. While this is not a huge problem on earth, the need to bring replacement parts can add significant costs to a space mission. Dr. Lynn Rothschild from NASA is now working on a solution that uses microbes as bioink and a printer to recycle spent electronics.

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RUAG prints lighter satellite parts

When it comes to space travel, lighter is better – provided other material attributes such as stability, heat and corrosion resistance remain the same. RUAG, a Swiss industrial concern that develops and manufactures parts for aerospace companies as well as for the space agencies ESA and NASA has 3D printed an antenna support structure for an Earth observation satellite.

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