NASA Is Using MakerBots To Support R&D

Posted by on Friday, August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

A group of interns at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are helping to build out an Innovation Lab stocked with “rapid prototyping machines like 3-D printers, micro mills, lathes, laser cutting and marking systems, and other advanced technologies.”

You know what that means! More MakerBots at NASA. That’s NASA intern Kirby Carmack in the photo above working on one of the Thing-O-Matics in the Innovation Lab. This article says that once the Lab is complete, it will “support Goddard research and development at low or no cost.”

MakerBots supporting research and development at Goddard Space Flight Center?

We’ll take it.


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  • Tim Owens
    August 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    2 colleagues and I recently got the chance to tour the Fabrication technology they are using at the Nasa Langley Research Center and we were blown away. Machines that cost upwards of $800,000 that would take a fine metal powder and spot weld it layer by layer into intricate metal parts that held up better than their poured steel counterparts. Resin and wax printers. Polycarbonate printers that worked similarly to Makerbots. And 2 massive CNC machines that could cut through a foot of steel using a stream of water!

    Not only was that amazing, but then we enter their “Fab Lab” where they have 3 Thing-o-matics running for anyone at Nasa to come with a flash drive and print something (they even had a Cupcake up on a shelf that looked like it had been decommissioned). To use the expensive equipment you have to have quite a bit of funding for your research project, but anyone can come and make use of the Makerbots. You can catch some pictures of our tour from my friend Alan Levine on his Flickr feed starting here:

  • PropellerScience
    August 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing those awesome pictures Tim, including the Big Red Button!


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