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Star Trek Replicator 1.0 – 3D Printer in Space (video)

Sending a 3D Printer to Space

It’s here! I knew it was only a matter of time before Star Trek replicators (3D printers in space) hit the shelves. I just didn’t think it would happen in my lifetime. For the non geeks out there, on Star Trek TNG, a replicator can create any inanimate matter, as long as the desired molecular structure is on file, but it cannot create antimatter, dilithium, latinum, or a living organism of any kind.

3d-printer-microgravity-flight-testMade in Space, a California company, will send a 3D printer to the International Space Station in 2014 to print tools and spare parts at the station rather than use resources to send them there. Mike Chen, co-founder of Made in Space, explained to the World Maker Faire attendees in Queens that the 3D printer will be shuttled aboard SpaceX via the  Dragon Capsule.

The founders of Made in Space also are hoping to inspire artists and other ‘makers’ to think outside the box in terms of 3D printers in space and offer new, undiscovered applications. For information on the story or 3D printers in space, visit Made in Space.