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3-D Printing in Space – New National Research Council Report July 18

By SpaceRef Editor
July 14, 2014
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Additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3-D printing, has captured the public imagination in recent years. NASA and the Air Force have a particular interest in exploring the use of this technology in space and aerospace applications, and determining whether additive manufacturing could change the way future missions are approached and carried out.

3-D Printing in Space, a new report from the National Research Council, discusses the feasibility of space-based manufacturing and identifies limitations between current capabilities and those required to enable its application in space.

Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Thursday, July 17. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 18. To obtain a copy of the report, contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail

SpaceRef staff editor.