National Research Council Launching Study of Additive Manufacturing in Space

( The National Research Council is launching a new study to explore the concept of additive manufacturing technologies — more popularly known as 3D printing — for space operations and the feasibility of space-based manufacturing of hardware or even a small, fully functioning spacecraft. The study committee is holding its first information-gathering meetings this week in Washington, D.C. The project’s objectives include identifying the science and technology gaps between current and required capabilities for space-based additive manufacturing and assessing the implications for launch requirements and in-space operations.

The meeting will be open to the public today, Aug. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in Room 101 and from 8:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Aug. 21, in Room 204 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.

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