"Because in deep space, no one can point you to a hardware store."

3D-Printer in space prints its first spare part

#Space

Wed, Nov 26th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

NBC News reports that using a 3D-printer, the International Space Station crew was able to print its first spare part, citing the advantages of not having to "rely on a stockpile of hardware flown up from Earth at a cost of $10,000 a pound."

"It's not only the first part printed in space, it's really the first object truly manufactured off planet Earth," Kemmer said. "Where there was not an object before, we essentially 'teleported' an object by sending the bits and having it made on the printer. It's a big milestone, not only for NASA and Made In Space, but for humanity as a whole." [...]

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