SLS 3D Printing market to Experience boom as Researchers Develop a Model that can Help Manufacture Equipment in Space making Deep Explorations an Easier Possibility

  • Analysis
  • 28-February-2022

Humans will need to be self-sufficient and feasible if deep space exploration is expected to become a reality. The idea entails that the astronauts create their components for equipment and other things. This can be accomplished through additive manufacturing, often known as 3D printing, because obtaining supplies from Earth will be impractical. However, there are numerous obstacles to Earth-independent manufacturing. The lack of drastic temperature changes, differences in time and space scales, and gravity could all impede the process, resulting in waste and unusable parts.

Modeling software developed and successfully tested aboard the International Space Station may overcome these obstacles. The novel approach could also help boom the 3D Printing Market. This is because 3D printing allowed researchers to manufacture within the harshest conditions locally. This can be done for the military, on oil rigs, or in other locations where the same thing is required. The study showcases the feasibility of the system.

The investigation was part of a more considerable challenge of demonstrating the capabilities of the HPE Spaceborne Computer-2. The system was launched into space in February 2021 and installed on the International Space Station as the first commercial, cutting-edge computing system with artificial intelligence capabilities. The revolutionary edge computer allows for the real-time processing of enormous volumes of data in space. It also reduces the high latency and waiting time with traditional computing—relaying data back and forth to Earth.

On Spaceborne Computer-2, astronauts have been conducting various data-intensive tasks for the past year. The tasks were of a wide range, from medical image processing to DNA sequencing. According to the researchers, the computer and its abilities are crucial to the things NASA expects regarding deep space exploration and traveling to Mars.

Researchers have thus produced modeling software that can simulate how the 3D printing process will play out for a particular component. Further, it can also maintain if the end output would be of high or low quality. This was previously computationally difficult due to immense heat gradients, time disparities, and geographical scales.

The team built the program using a physics-based model, made it portable, and sent it to the International Space Station. It was completed satisfactorily, and the results matched those obtained throughout our investigation. Everything was the same, including the timing.

In essence, modeling is a type of virtual printing that promises to save time, material, and digital bandwidth when used with the Spaceborne Computer-2. The software could be helpful not only for deep space engineering but also for applications closer to home.

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