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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #40 on: 01/29/2014 01:17 PM »
Carbon fiber printer

Story: http://www.popularmechanics.com/_mobile/technology/gadgets/news/new-3d-printer-by-markforged-can-print-with-carbon-fiber-16428727

Site: http://markforged.com

Looks like it can only lay down the fiber in the horizontal plane:




Google search says rival products are on the way too, so hopefully there'll be some competition and consumer choice.

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« Reply #41 on: 01/29/2014 01:25 PM »
I was wondering. ESA has been experimenting with 3D printers to print out a moon base. But why would you want to 'glue' the regolith together? That means you have to bring a lot of aluminum with you. Even if you just canibalize the spacecraft that brought the printer there, it still requires a considerable effort to turn aluminum parts into 'ink'.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Technology/Building_a_lunar_base_with_3D_printing]http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Technology/Building_a_lunar_base_with_3D_printing]http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Technology/Building_a_lunar_base_with_3D_printing

http://www.fosterandpartners.com/news/foster-+-partners-works-with-european-space-agency-to-3d-print-structures-on-the-moon

Wouldn't it be more logical to just smelt the regolith and print with that? It requires a lot of power, but that's readily available at the lunar poles.

Like a large scale version of this one, but with lasers powered by a (huge?) solar panel, instead of concentrated sunlight. And plagioclase instead of sand.

http://www.markuskayser.com/work/solarsinter/usg=AFQjCNHZvW35uan8jeSGJtw5mffxvuf81w&bvm=bv.60157871,d.d2k&cad=rja

I don't think the building material lacks structural strength, considering the enormous caves we have on earth. If the high temperatures and slow cool rate associated with working in a vacuum are the problem, a thermal cycle that 'preheats' the material a bit while seriously bringing down the temperatures in the new wall, would be an obvious (though complex) solution.

Any thoughts?

Never mind, somebody's working on it. The future will decide which is the best method.

http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/2013/03/29/sinterhab-3d-printed-moon-base-concept-lunar-dust/

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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #42 on: 01/29/2014 07:11 PM »
This next news is truly exciting.   Hope this is the future with aerospace, autos etc. 
Clearly Honda is again showing their strengths in leadership.
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Honda Releases Concept Model Data For 3D Printing, Including New Acura NSX
http://autos.yahoo.com/news/honda-releases-concept-model-data-3d-printing-including-182055332.html

"The Japanese automaker is making data from old concept models available so people can print them out at home. Through the Honda 3D Design Archives website, users can download files and make their own miniature Hondas under the Creative Commons 4.0 license."

the design files are located at:  http://www.honda-3d.com/
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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #43 on: 01/30/2014 05:51 PM »
Carbon fiber printer

Story: http://www.popularmechanics.com/_mobile/technology/gadgets/news/new-3d-printer-by-markforged-can-print-with-carbon-fiber-16428727

Site: http://markforged.com

Looks like it can only lay down the fiber in the horizontal plane:




Google search says rival products are on the way too, so hopefully there'll be some competition and consumer choice.

Yes many products under development.   If you look a few posts above you see a kickstarter for Protopasta.  They are in the process of manufacturing the feed stock.   With it, a 500$+ printer will be possible to print carbon fiber parts.

Also found this: http://www.compositesworld.com/news/canadian-group-3-d-printing-of-continuous-fiber-composites-within-reach
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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #44 on: 01/30/2014 06:13 PM »
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Develops Advanced AM Materials and Certification
http://tinyurl.com/jvjnnaf

 "Modifying the underlying structure of a material could be of huge benefit for any industry. In terms of aerospace, for instance, speciality lightweight materials that withstand the heat of jet engines could make flying more efficient and cut fuel costs.  Duoss adds, “It’s going to revolutionize manufacturing. It’s going to revolutionize it in terms of manufacturing itself. It’s about the ability to tailor properties and achieve property combinations that would have been previously impossible to create.”"
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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #45 on: 01/31/2014 05:20 PM »
http://tinyurl.com/mvac83m

Blackest Black Is the New Black – 3D Printed Carbon Nano Tube Art

"To create a perfect black, De Wilde looked to carbon nano tubes and nanotechnology. As part of a cooperative effort with Zonhoven Melotte and NASA, he came up with NASAblck-Crcl #1, a proof of concept which lies somewhere at the intersection of art, science, technology and entrepreneurial expertise."

"And the Melotte-NASA-De Wilde project may well have applications which go beyond their artistic merit and touch, ranging from efficient heat exchangers to better cinema projectors and invisible planes."

two videos contained in the article.

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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #46 on: 02/04/2014 06:14 PM »
This video and story is very interesting: " The printer is large enough to produce objects up to almost six feet long (70” in the X axis), building each layer up 1/7000th of an inch using specially engineered sand coated in resin and can complete an object the size of its massive job box at a rate of 45 minutes per square inch."



link to the story
http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/02/04/uni-students-train-future-using-one-north-americas-largest-3d-printers/
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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #47 on: 02/05/2014 04:07 PM »
LENS Engine Project the 'Recipe' for the 3D Printed Metal Future
http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/lens-engine-project-recipe-for-3d-printed-metal-future

"The first of the two projects led by Optomec, working in partnership with Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, MachMotion, TechSolve, and the U.S. Army Benet Laboratories, is aimed at developing a modular, cost-effective "LENS Engine" for integration with existing machine tools to enable 3D printing of metals"

NO SOUND video on how LENS works
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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #48 on: 02/07/2014 04:07 AM »
NASA Goddard's 'Cutting Edge' flyer has an intetesting article  "NASA Jumps Aboard the 3D-Manufacturing Train"

http://gsfctechnology.gsfc.nasa.gov/newsletter/Current.pdf
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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #49 on: 02/10/2014 03:30 PM »
NASA Goddard's 'Cutting Edge' flyer has an intetesting article  "NASA Jumps Aboard the 3D-Manufacturing Train"

http://gsfctechnology.gsfc.nasa.gov/newsletter/Current.pdf

Looks like someone used the material for parts of their story:  How NASA Is Launching 3D Printing Into Space
http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-launching-3d-printing-space-121527837.html

This is something I've posted before how the RL-10 can be upraged (cheap).
"NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, in collaboration with Aerojet Rocketdyne of West Palm Beach, Fla., recently built and tested an engine injector for the RL-10 rocket."

http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/02/10/nasas-goddard-center-pursues-many-space-applications-3d-printing/
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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #50 on: 02/12/2014 02:26 AM »
Could future spaceships be built with artificial 'bone'?

« Now, using a high-tech 3D printer, scientists in Germany have created a lightweight but very strong material inspired by the intricate microscopic architecture of living tissue - our own bones. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could pave the way for future super-light materials that could be used in microfluidics devices or to make lighter (and thus cheaper) spacecraft. »

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-02-future-spaceships-built-artificial-bone.html#jCp
Space is pretty much literally an astronomically-high hanging fruit.

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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #51 on: 02/13/2014 01:59 PM »
NASA Takes 3D Printing to Next Logical Conclusion: 3D Printed Trees

http://tinyurl.com/kgqj8or

"Chief scientist of synthetic biology at the NASA Ames Research Center, Lynn Rothschild, and her PhD student, Diana Gentry, were working on a project to 3D print “biomaterials out of thin air.” The team has been hard at work, using the $100,000 from their NIAC grant and have relayed some of their progress towards 3D printing synthetic biomaterials using cellular arrays."

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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #52 on: 02/13/2014 03:21 PM »
Simulated Melted Moon Rocks Used For 3D Printing

http://tinyurl.com/mvzj3c3

"What some US researchers have done is use a 3D printer to construct objects out of laser-melted simulated lunar rocks – simulated because the actual moon rocks are considered a national treasure with no possibility to stock up with additional space stones in the foreseeable future."
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Re: 3D Printer uses Space Related
« Reply #53 on: 02/13/2014 03:29 PM »
Simulated Melted Moon Rocks Used For 3D Printing

http://tinyurl.com/mvzj3c3

"What some US researchers have done is use a 3D printer to construct objects out of laser-melted simulated lunar rocks – simulated because the actual moon rocks are considered a national treasure with no possibility to stock up with additional space stones in the foreseeable future."
Reminds me of this:
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« Reply #54 on: 02/13/2014 10:04 PM »
Simulated Melted Moon Rocks Used For 3D Printing

http://tinyurl.com/mvzj3c3

"What some US researchers have done is use a 3D printer to construct objects out of laser-melted simulated lunar rocks – simulated because the actual moon rocks are considered a national treasure with no possibility to stock up with additional space stones in the foreseeable future."

Couple this with this:

« Inspired by the termites' resilience and collective intelligence, a team of computer scientists and engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has created an autonomous robotic construction crew. The system needs no supervisor, no eye in the sky, and no communication: just simple robots—any number of robots—that cooperate by modifying their environment. »

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-02-self-organizing-robots-robotic-crew-foreman.html#jCp

And you could have robots build a castle on the moon.  The 3D-printer would make the bricks and the robots would assemble them.
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Space is pretty much literally an astronomically-high hanging fruit.

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« Reply #55 on: 02/13/2014 10:13 PM »
And you could have robots build a castle on the moon.  The 3D-printer would make the bricks and the robots would assemble them.

This is really far into the future. "3D printer on the Moon" right now is like saying "abracadabra!" There's a puff of smoke and suddenly a Moonbase appears. It's not like that at all.

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« Reply #56 on: 02/13/2014 10:17 PM »
And you could have robots build a castle on the moon.  The 3D-printer would make the bricks and the robots would assemble them.

This is really far into the future. "3D printer on the Moon" right now is like saying "abracadabra!" There's a puff of smoke and suddenly a Moonbase appears. It's not like that at all.

Well, notice that I wrote "castle" and not "moonbase".   I was thinking of something that would be more of an art project than any kind of life-support-capable habitat.
Space is pretty much literally an astronomically-high hanging fruit.

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« Reply #57 on: 02/13/2014 11:25 PM »
Well, notice that I wrote "castle" and not "moonbase".   I was thinking of something that would be more of an art project than any kind of life-support-capable habitat.

If unicorns provide the labor, I'm 100% in favor of it.

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« Reply #58 on: 02/14/2014 12:26 AM »
If unicorns provide the labor, I'm 100% in favor of it.

Have you even looked at the link I gave, or do you just knee-jerk react whenever you read something about robots in space?

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« Reply #59 on: 02/14/2014 12:37 AM »
If unicorns provide the labor, I'm 100% in favor of it.

Have you even looked at the link I gave, or do you just knee-jerk react whenever you read something about robots in space?

I am familiar with the link. I am very familiar with space-based 3D printing concepts. And I am very much in favor of robots in space.


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