Space agency takes 3D printing to 'metal age'

European Space Agency thinks it'll be cool to 3D print parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects

If you thought 3D printing was cool, well, a space agency has figured out how to make it even cooler. The European Space Agency (ESA) is championing a project aimed at using metal with 3D printing, instead of plain plastic, and showed off its potential at an exhibition on 15 October at the London Science Museum in the UK.

AMAZE-ing potential

The project is called AMAZE, short for Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste & Efficient Production of High-Tech Metal Products, and it started up in January. At the showcase, printed parts made of metal able to withstand temperatures of 1000°C were on display.

The 28 partners involved with AMAZE are trying to develop the first large-scale production methods for 3D printing with metal. The advantages of 3D printing is that there is far less wastage and much fewer steps involved in creating complex objects, and could be put to great use in aircrafts, jets and other industries besides space. You know what this means, right? A moon colony isn't all that far off after all.

[Source: Engadget]

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