20 Jan '16, 4am

#3dprint Spacesuits

#3dprint Spacesuits

Additive manufacturing in space certainly offers a whole lot of challenges as well as promises. The lack of gravity is certainly a complicating challenge, but it can surely be dealt with and solved. But using materials with adequate strength in the space station environment will also be a challenge. The one really big challnge that I don't recall reading about is control of the fine particulates associated with many AM processes. Without gravity to settle them, fine dusts could continue to drift until they were inhaled, and it seems that would be a big problem. So perhaps the AM will be done outside the station where all of the dust can drift away and not bother anyone, at least not for a few years.

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