Back in September, Made In Space, Inc sent a 3D printer to a International Space Station. And while they have used it to imitation things like deputy parts, only this week they sent their initial tangible apparatus to a organisation members aboard a ISS.
“My colleagues and we only 3D-printed a ratcheting hollow wrench on a International Space Station by typing some commands on a mechanism in California,” Made In Space founder, Mike Chen, wrote in an online post. “We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore…mention over a radio that he indispensable one, so we designed one in CAD and sent it u to him faster than a rocket ever could have. This is a initial time we’ve ever ‘emailed’ hardware to space.”
What did they send? A hollow wrench.
Chen continues, “What I’m unequivocally vehement about is a impact this could have on tellurian space scrutiny over Earth orbit. When we do set adult a initial tellurian colonies on a moon, Mars, and beyond, we won’t use rockets to move along all we need. We’ll build what we need there, when we need it.”
And a group will move it behind to Earth eventually, where a apparatus can be compared with other collection to see how good it binds adult in genuine universe applications here on Earth.
Chen explains, “On a ISS, this form of record translates to reduce costs for experiments, faster pattern iteration, and a safer, improved knowledge for a organisation members who can use it to reinstate damaged collection or emanate new collection on demand. But what I’m unequivocally vehement about is a impact this could have on tellurian space scrutiny over Earth orbit.”
Lower cost, indeed. Normally a partial would have to be sent adult to a ISS in a rocket during a cost of about $10,000 per pound.