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Alison_Diana
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2/12/2014 | 9:59:17 AM
Re: 3D food
Thanks for sharing that broadcast, Chris. 3D printing has a lot of potential in many different areas. Unfortunately, it got off to a mixed start since 3D guns grabbed the headlines. But I've read a lot about advances in healthcare and 3D -- things like printing an ear, a liver... all sorts of literally life-changing advances. Add in the business implications, and it's not an overstatement to say 3D printing is changing the world.
ChrisMurphy
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2/11/2014 | 6:13:29 PM
Re: 3D food
In this InformationWeek Radio broadcast, ConocoPhillips' CIO talks about his interest in 3D printing for the same reason as NASA -- the prospect of printing replacement parts at a hard-to-get-to-location. In his case it's a remote oil and gas rig, where they keep a lot of expensive spare parts on hand because it's difficult to deliver spare parts and extremely costly if rig isn't pumping. 

http://www.informationweek.com/radio.asp?webinar_id=72
WKash
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2/11/2014 | 6:08:54 PM
Re: DIY space probe
Thanks for sharing the link about printing in zero gravity. It is an intriguing concept.

 
Alison_Diana
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2/11/2014 | 5:31:27 PM
Re: 3D food
You'd think astronauts would be pretty game to try out some of these 3D foods, considering what they have to live on during the three, six, 12 months they're in space. Of course, the armed forces are also looking into this area for obvious reasons. A big development is the ability to print using different materials with one printer. 
ChrisMurphy
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2/11/2014 | 5:00:33 PM
Re: DIY space probe
I love this question, because it never occurred to me. I found this article that described tests proving 3D printing can work without gravity, though it didn't explain how: 

http://www.space.com/21630-3d-printer-space-station-tests.html
WKash
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2/11/2014 | 3:20:05 PM
Re: materials ?!
The materials question is both central to the discussion on 3D printing, and for now, a bit beside the point. This is obviously all in the experimental stage for NASA for now.  But you know 3D printing has come of age when NASA is piloting a variety of projects around it.

 
ElenaMalykhina
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2/11/2014 | 2:11:06 PM
3D food
NASA is also working with Texas-based company Systems and Materials Research Consultancy to explore the possibility of using a 3D printer for making food in space. Naturally, the big concerns with that are safety, acceptability, variety, and nutritional value.
Kristin Burnham
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2/11/2014 | 10:32:35 AM
Re: DIY space probe
On a similar note, what happen when there's an equipment malfunction or something vital breaks in space? You print a replacement part.
Laurianne
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2/11/2014 | 10:31:12 AM
Whole new world
Make your own tools on the spot. What would the Apollo astronauts make of 3D printing in space?
David F. Carr
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2/11/2014 | 10:22:46 AM
DIY space probe
Maybe someday they'll include a 3D Printer on a Mars (or Titan or Io) rover, so it can manufacture its own tools as needed during exploration.

How else could this fit in?


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