NASA is preparing to test space-rated 3D printing technology on the International Space Station (ISS), as it works toward the day when deep-space crews can build parts and tools as needed and recycle them as additive-manufacturing (AM) feed stock when they are no longer needed. The next SpaceX Dragon capsule to reach the station — after a launch now scheduled for Sept. 12 — will carry a polymer AM fabrication facility the size of a microwave oven. Once it is mounted in the ...


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