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First laser-powered metal 3D printer for International Space Station

A metal 3d printer

Cranfield University worked with an international team including Airbus and the ESA to develop the printer, which launched to the ISS on January 30 (Image: Cranfield University)

A laser-powered 3D metal printer the size of a washing machine has been delivered to the International Space Station (ISS), allowing astronauts to perform metal additive manufacturing (AM) in orbit for the first time.

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