NASA Testing 3-D Printed Engine Parts

by Rachel Baker on August 30, 2013

NASA is testing the feasibility of 3-D printing for many aspects of the Space Program. The ability to use 3-D printing makes the technology of Star Trek replicators possible.

NASA has big plans for 3-D printing. In addition to simply reducing the costs of rocket engine components, the agency is also looking to use the technique to print tools on the International Space Station. Printing food for long space trips is another idea being explored, and one day astronauts could print parts when the nearest repair shop is millions of miles away.

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