Kyle Hoellger
Dec 9, 2014

China Looks to Metal-Based 3D Printing in Space

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC) has said that it plans to include a 3D printer capable of producing metal components on future space missions. NASA and Made In Space have already implemented an FDM printer on the International Space Station, but the Chinese, supported by a pipeline of pending patents, say they plan to use a machine with selective laser melting technology on their spacecraft. The CASTC was founded in 1999 and currently employs more than 120,000 people.