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ESA uses high-powered laser to successfully 3D-print metal parts in space

The metal 3D printer feeds stainless-steel wire into the printing area before heating the melt pool with a high-powered laser

The metal 3D printer feeds stainless-steel wire into the printing area before heating the melt pool with a high-powered laser. Image: ESA/Airbus

In a breakthrough for additive manufacturing, ESA’s Metal 3D Printer uses a high-powered laser to melt stainless steel wire, and could lead to a more circular space economy where recycled materials are utilised to manufacture replacement parts in orbit.

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