nano3Dprint announced its partnership with Finite Space, a Germany-based project revolutionizing material usage and manufacturing processes in space to enable self-sustainable colonies.
The partnership will marry nano3Dprint’s technology and 3D-printing expertise with Finite Space’s goal of building a sustainable lunar economy. Utilizing nano3Dprint’s A2200 3D Multi-material Electronics Printer, Finite Space will produce a moon rover, additional rover parts, and other tools for the space exploration team.
“nano3Dprint is the most flexible electronics 3D-printing solution,” said Tobias Patzer, chief technology officer at Finite Space. “We saw that NASA had published research demonstrating advancements made with nano3Dprint printers, making the company a natural choice for this collaboration,” he added.
The project’s first phase will incorporate printing a rover that will measure just over three feet long and utilize metals, silicon, and recycled plastics, all of which can be sourced on the moon.
“A key capability of the A2200 is the flexibility we have in material choice and quality,” said Patzer.
For example, the demo design will include a cargo bay and tool slot, which could be integrated with a plow, drill, or robotic manipulator. Additional capabilities will be added as the project progresses.
The size of a microwave oven, the A2200 can be transported to space and quickly produce tools and other parts on demand. Further, a space-based printer reduces both resupply missions and the number of supplies necessary for astronauts to bring into space.
Ramsey Stevens, nano3Dprint CEO, recognizes the importance of space exploration.
“We need space for daily life; we rely on it for GPS, weather forecasts, satellite images and more. Continuing space exploration provides invaluable guidance for researchers and scientists to identify new resources and expand their understanding of the solar system,” said Stevens. “We look forward to seeing how Finite Space will further space exploration with the utilization of this new rover.”