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NASA to use 3d printing for crowd sourcing technology

By Staff Writter

NASA to use 3d printing for crowd sourcing technology

Technology

A recent article about 3d printing in Computerworld mentions several innovations involving the technology that NASA is working on. Among the innovative ways that aerospace 3d printing is being used:

NASA proposes to give students and other talented amateurs the ability to print out copies of the space agency’s high tech equipment for educational purposes. People will not only be able to learn more about the technology with hands on experience, but will be able to develop enhancements, thus allowing NASA to crowd source some of its technology programs. The Space Agency already has an app that allows people to view a number of spacecraft models in great detail. Adding 3D printing technology would allow people to create their own physical models of the space craft.

NASA is also thinking about including a 3D scanner on its future space probes, especially rovers that will land on Mars on one of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn. When a rover comes across an interesting object, it will scan its image and transmit it back to Earth. Along with whatever geochemical analysis of the object, such as a rock, will allow the space agency to print a replica on Earth. In a way this allows NASA to perform a sample return mission without actually having to pick up the sample and carry it back to Earth. In a way it sounds like a rudimentary type of Star Trek-style transporter.

These are just a few of the examples of how 3d printing plus a little imagination is starting to revolutionize the way NASA does business.