3D printing may open door to printing space vehicle parts in space

10/3/2013 | GigaOm

Washington-based Tethers Unlimited is at work developing Spiderfab, "a robotic 3D printing and assembly system that could build structures larger than half a mile wide in orbit," this article states. It has built some of the system prototypes on a small scale, but realizes the thermal challenges in space will be something it needs to deal with. Within a decade or two, the company says it will be possible to have robots put together spacecraft -- if funding such as NASA's $500,000 infusion can keep coming.

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