The first commercial 3D printer is sent to the space universe to open the additive manufacturing

Thanks to the alliance between Lowe's and Made in Space (MIS), the world's top 500 companies, the first permanent 3D printing facility on the International Space Station (ISS) is becoming more and more likely. Made in Space is the first manufacturer of the 3D printer Zero-g for use on the International Space Station.

When they successfully completed the 3D printer into Earth orbit and withstood the astronauts' use test on the ISS. Made in Space quickly announced that they are developing a new additive manufacturing facility (AMF), including its second-generation Zero-g 3D printer. AMF will be the first permanent extraterrestrial 3D printing facility to manufacture hardware, tools and components for NASA and the National Laboratory at ISS. So the astronauts don't have to wait a few weeks or even months to make it on the ground before sending it up with the rocket.

“This is the first time in human history that astronauts can create what they need in space. We have successfully demonstrated the capabilities of this technology in space. Now with the launch of permanent additive manufacturing facilities on the ISS, We are making humans capable of making things outside the earth," said Jason Dunn, founder of Made in Space.

So what does this have to do with Lloyd's? In fact, Lowe's Innovation Labs will work with Lowe's Corporations to release its next-generation virtual reality (VR) design tool, Lowe's Holoroom, which enables consumers to use virtual reality at home or Create a space for your dreams in the store.

As the first commercially available space manufacturing service in human history, AMF has made it possible for Lloyd's Holoroom to show its talents in space. According to the plan, these floating 3D printers will be controlled by the mission operations center of NASA's MIS headquarters at Ames Research Park. Staff can use Lloyd's Holoroom to design, then transfer the data to the space station and print remotely. Come out, or print it out by 3D technicians on the space station.

According to the cooperation agreement between the two parties, the AMF developed by Made In Space will be named Lowe's AMF and will be launched on the International Space Station at some time in early 2016. In addition, they will install a replica of AMF in a store in their Bay Area, where customers can print out objects using Made In Space's 3D printer.

"Lloyd's of the United States and Made In Space have a shared vision of how 3D printing cedilla changes retail and home, and changing astronauts' work in space," explains Kyle Nel, executive director of Lloyd's Innovation Labs. “This is just the beginning of a broader collaboration with Made In Space. Our goal is to bring more tools into space and bring new technologies to Earth.”

Kyle Nel (left), executive director of Lloyd's Innovation Labs, and Jason Dunn, founder and chief technology officer of Made In Space.

Lloyd's was one of the first large retail companies to embrace 3D printing services. In April of this year, Tiangong Society reported that they provided customized manufacturing services based on 3D printing. So far, they have printed custom home appliance parts or fixtures for thousands of customers.

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