The first of about 20 planned small plastic parts, or coupons, emerged late last month from Made in Space Inc., the 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in September. The printer serves as a prototype for a space additive-manufacturing capability that may one day become an essential part of NASA’s toolkit for human deep-space exploration. The initial demonstration on Nov. 24 produced a small, off-white faceplate for the printer itself. The faceplate comprised ...

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