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NASA Funds 3D Printing Projects for Upcoming Era of Space Exploration

Driven by Moon exploration , space tourism, spacecraft manufacturing, and orbital infrastructure, space agencies and private companies worldwide have developed ambitious plans for the future of spaceflight.

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This heightened interest in space exploration offers new opportunities for scientific and technological research to address some of the challenges that humanity will imminently face in orbit. With disruptive technologies, like additive manufacturing, proven to be critical to plenty of space applications, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently announced it will support 27 3D printing technology proposals as part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

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The selected projects are among 409 technology proposals for the program’s first phase of funding that will provide $51 million to 312 small businesses in 44 states and Washington, D.C. To extend human presence beyond Earth’s orbit, NASA is looking to small businesses and […]

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