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Related Tools And Parts, 2013–14

This is a Related Tools and Parts. It was made by Made In Space, Inc. and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Made In Space, Inc. as part of Tools: Extending Our Reach.

It is dated 2013–14. Its medium is thermoplastic.

Made in Space and NASA partnered to launch the "3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment"—or, "the flying factory"—on September 23, 2014. Three-D printers use an additive extrusion-based process to build objects layer by layer out of polymers, composites, and other materials. Thus far, all space missions have been completely dependent on Earth for equipment, but as missions get longer and further from Earth, the more difficult it is to resupply materials. The current supply chain from Earth to space can be largely bypassed with 3D printers, with astronauts able to create the parts they need, including common instruments and replacement parts. Made in Space’s 3D printer has generated a selection of ABS-plastic test parts such as these examples. Once the printer is operable on the International Space Station, the printed parts will be the the very first objects to be manufactured off planet Earth.

It is credited Courtesy of Made In Space, Inc. and NASA.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (1): 0.4 × 3 × 3 cm (3/16 × 1 3/16 × 1 3/16 in.) H x W x D (2): 5.5 × 1 × 1 cm (2 3/16 × 3/8 × 3/8 in.) H x W x D (3): 0.4 × 1.9 × 11.4 cm (3/16 × 3/4 × 4 1/2 in.) H x W x D (4): 2.5 × 12.7 × 12.7 cm (1 × 5 × 5 in.) H x W x D (5): 0.4 × 1 × 8.8 cm (3/16 × 3/8 × 3 7/16 in.) H x W x D (6): 0.4 × 2 × 7.5 cm (3/16 × 13/16 × 2 15/16 in.) H x W x D (7): 3 × 3 × 2.5 cm (1 3/16 in. × 1 3/16 in. × 1 in.) H x W x D (8): 1.3 × 3.9 × 4.8 cm (1/2 × 1 9/16 × 1 7/8 in.) H x W x D (9): 0.8 × 2.1 × 2.1 cm (5/16 × 13/16 × 13/16 in.) H x W x D (10): 0.5 × 2 × 6.1 cm (3/16 × 13/16 × 2 3/8 in.) H x W x D (11): 0.5 × 2.2 × 2.5 cm (3/16 × 7/8 × 15/16 in.) H x W x D (12): 3.4 × 4.5 × 4.5 cm (1 5/16 × 1 3/4 × 1 3/4 in.) H x W x D (13): 0.3 × 3.3 × 4.9 cm (1/8 × 1 5/16 × 1 15/16 in.) H x W x D (James Banks health coaster): 3.3 × 6.6 × 2.9 cm (1 5/16 × 2 5/8 × 1 1/8 in.) H x W (Made In Space Plaque): 6.8 × 6.8 cm (2 11/16 × 2 11/16 in.)

We have 1 video that features Related Tools And Parts, 2013–14.

Made in Space

A demonstration of the first 3D Printer to be used in space.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Tools: Extending Our Reach.

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