#23 – 3d Printers
3D printing has been around for decades, better known as additive manufacturing (building an object layer by layer). What’s new is that 3D printing has reached consumer-friendly price points and footprints, new materials and techniques are making new things possible, and the Internet is tying it all together.
Technology has developed to the point where we are rethinking industry. The next industrial revolution is opening up manufacturing to the whole world – where everyone can participate in the process. This democratization idea will not be much different than the journey computers had – from a few, big, centralized mainframes to something we now hold in our hands.
US space agency Nasa is planning to launch a 3D printer into space next year to help astronauts manufacture spare parts and tools in zero gravity.It will be the first time a 3D printer has been used in space and could help reduce the costs of future missions.
Nasa is also experimenting with 3D printing small satellites that could be launched from the International Space Station and then transmit data to earth.