First Tool 3D Printed Aboard International Space Station

December 20, 2014 7:21 PM

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Back in September, Made In Space, Inc sent a 3D printer to the International Space Station. And while they have used it to print things like replacement parts, just this week they sent their first actual tool to the crew members aboard the ISS.

“My colleagues and I just 3D-printed a ratcheting socket wrench on the International Space Station by typing some commands on our computer in California,” Made In Space founder, Mike Chen, wrote in an online post. “We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore…mention over the radio that he needed on...

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