China's Microgravity 3D Printer Successfully Passed 93 Parabolic Test Flights

Published by Sandra Helsel, April 21, 2016 10:49 pm

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(3DPrint.com) The Research Center for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Technology of China’s Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology (CIGIT)  announced its microgravity 3D printer underwent a total of 93 parabolic test flights, which showed that not only can the printer operate in zero gravity, but it can successfully print with five different materials and two different printing technologies.
This is important for China’s space program since it has been barred from the International Space Station since 2011. Since then, the country has been working on the construction of their own space station. The development of the zero-g 3D printer will likely hasten the construction of the modular station as well as enabling its maintenance once it’s established.

Tags: 3D printing, China’s Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, ISS