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TaimoorZ
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Re: Will the Tools created with 3D Printing Be Robust and be able to withstand the Rigours of Space?
TaimoorZ   7/26/2014 7:55:56 PM
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@Ashish: I agree with you on this aspect. The room for error is very negligible when it comes to a 3D printing machine in space that has to produce everything the astronauts need. I think you do need some backup option in this case, particularly when the technology is not very mature yet.

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Re: Potential Issues
Adeniji Kayode   7/26/2014 3:18:49 PM
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Obviously, the printer would be solar powered.

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Re: Why not use for earth too?
Adeniji Kayode   7/26/2014 3:15:21 PM
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Well, while there are still more to be discovered on earth and about earth, I think the earth is congested already. Its in man's nature to explore and the space is the next.

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Potential Issues
TaimoorZ   7/26/2014 1:17:23 PM
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Theoretically it seems like a novel idea and something that would indeed solve major problems for astronauts. However, I think there will also be potential issues surrounding it. One of the issues I can think of would be related to power consumption and how to ensure that the printer is efficient in terms of consuming the power and, if possible, generating it on its own.

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Will the Tools created with 3D Printing Be Robust and be able to withstand the Rigours of Space?
tech4people   7/26/2014 1:08:44 PM
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Ariella,

Wanting to do everything with 3D Printing is all well and good but anyone who has experimented with 3D Printing for any point of time will tell you that there are serious Reliability Issues involved with the Products Generated by 3D printing at this point of time.

I don't think we are quite ready for Primetime (in Space) with 3D Printing.

After all the room for Error in Space is much-much less than on earth.

Please do correct me if I am wrong here.

Regards

Ashish.

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Re: Why not use for earth too?
Ariella   7/25/2014 5:30:01 PM
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@_hm I'm sure that there are some similar looking models on earth, as terrestial models are one the resources MIT drew on in making a plan.  

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Why not use for earth too?
_hm   7/25/2014 4:43:45 PM
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Idea looks attractive. Why restrict it to space? We can also use it for earth.

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