December 21, 2014

THE INFORMATION AGE IS IN ITS INFANCY:

NASA just 'emailed' a wrench to space for the first time (Rachel Feltman, December 19, 2014, Washington Post)

Now that the International Space Station has a 3-D printer, engineers can design new tools on the ground and then beam them up to space.

In September, Made In Space, Inc shipped a 3-D printer to the astronauts at ISS. In November it printed its first object -- a replacement part for itself.

But this is the first time it has printed a specially-designed tool on-demand, which is exactly the kind of work its designers hoped it would do.

"The socket wrench we just manufactured is the first object we designed on the ground and sent digitally to space, on the fly," Made In Space founder Mike Chen wrote on Medium. "This is the first time we've ever "emailed" hardware to space."

Posted by at December 21, 2014 8:37 AM
  

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