Made In Space
Based in Mountain View, California

Founding date:
August 1, 2010


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140 Dailey Road
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Moffett Field, CA 94035

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Founded in 2010 with the goal of enabling humanity’s future in space, Made In Space, Inc. has developed additive manufacturing technology for use in zero-gravity. By constructing hardware that can build what is needed in space, as opposed to launching it from Earth, the company plans to accelerate and broaden space development while also providing unprecedented access for people on Earth to use in-space capabilities.

Made In Space’s team consists of successful entrepreneurs, experienced space experts and key 3D printing developers. With over 30,000+ hours of 3D printing technology testing, and 400+ parabolas of microgravity test flights, Made In Space’s experience and expertise has led to the first 3D printers designed and built for use on the International Space Station.

*Please remember to capitalize the 'i' in "Made In Space"



Unless otherwise labeled, all videos are Courtesy of Made In Space, Inc.

Made In Space Company Intro

Launch of First Zero-G 3D Printer Courtesy of SpaceX and Matt Rutherford (from the feature film "The University")

B-Roll (annotations included)

CEO and Co-founder Aaron Kemmer at SU Labs Startup Showcase.

CTO and Co-founder Jason Dunn at TEDx Brussels

Lead Engineer Mike Snyder and NASA’s Marshall Liaison Niki Werkheiser discuss details of the 3D Printing in Zero-G technology demonstration experiment.

Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder Mike Chen at Autodesk’s Design Night

NASA astronauts discuss why they are excited about the long term implications of 3D printing in space. Courtesy of NASA

Made In Space and CASIS Courtesy of the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

NASA panel on Made in Space Courtesy of NASA

Micro Gravity Flights

Sound Bites

All sound bites are Credit Made In Space, Inc.

Aaron Kemmer on the milestone of launch

Aaron Kemmer on passion

Aaron Kemmer on circumventing launch

Aaron Kemmer on becoming a multiplanetary species

Aaron Kemmer on Apollo 13

Jason Dunn on printing satellites in orbit

Jason Dunn on the Made In Space vision

Mike Chen on other 3D printers

Mike Chen on the ISS

Mike Chen on goal of Made In Space

Mike Snyder on ease of use

Mike Snyder on ease of use v2

Mike Snyder on costs savings


Unless otherwise labeled, all images are Credit Made In Space, Inc.
Download First Print Press Release Images
3DP MSG.pngForeground: Our first 3D printer, contracted by NASA, which launched to the International Space Station on September 21st, 2014. The ivory objects on top are duplicates of what will soon be some of the first objects ever printed off-Earth.
Background: The Microgravity Science Glovebox that will contain the printer during the 3D Printing in Zero-Gravity Experiment.
Image Credit: NASA/Emmett Given
MIS_PrintExample.pngA 3D printed object in the Zero Gravity 3D Printer print tray, the object is a 3D representation of the Made In Space logo.
Team-micro_gravity_test_2013.png Mike Chen (left) and Jason Dunn (right) "floating" during a parabolic flight in which the zero-G 3D printer was validated. (HI-RES)
MIS_printer_patch-small.png Mission patch (left) First Zero-G 3D Printer (right) (HI-RES)
P1011672.png Made In Space team standing around a functinal duplicate of the Microgravity Science Glovebox enclosure in which the printer will be contained during testing. Members from left to right are; Mike Chen, Michael Pless, Mike Snyder, Matt Napoli, Jason Dunn, Aaron Kemmer(HI-RES)
3DP_Hardware-short.png The Zero-Gravity 3D Printer (HI-RES)
team_at_msfc.png Made In Space team viewing realtime data from the printer in the microgravity science glovebox (background) at Marshall Space Flight Center. Team members in this photo; Mike Chen, Jason Dunn, Michael Pless, Matt Napoli, and Mike Snyder(HI-RES)
Aaron Kemmer in Micro Gravity 2013Aaron Kemmer, Made In Space CEO and Co-founder, during microgravity test flights of the Zero-G printer performed through NASA's flight opportunities program. (HI-RES)
3DP.PIC.GB.2013.HR.1 SmallThe Zero-Gravity 3D Printer enclosed within the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). The MSG photographed here remains on Earth and serves as an analog to the MSG that is currently on orbit aboard the ISS. During the zero gravity 3D printing experiment the MSG will provide an additional layer of protection for the astronauts as they try additive manufacturing in the zero gravity environment for the first time. (HI-RES)
CR.3DP.2013.SNY.JD SmallJason Dunn (foreground) and Michael Snyder (background) inspecting a part produced by the Zero-G 3D Printer in their Lab at the NASA Ames Research Park in Moffett Field, CA
P1011668 SmallAaron Kemmer stares through the windows of the Microgravity Science Glovebox with the Zero-G 3D Printer enclosed (HI-RES)
Launch SpeechAaron Kemmer congratulating the Made In Space team at Cape Canaveral moments before the Zero-G 3D Printer was launched aboard a SpaceX rocket to the ISS.
Team in shirtsThe team wearing their Made In Space t-shirts.

There are far more images available for Made In Space, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!

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  • August 2010 - Made In Space founded during Singularity University Graduate Studies Program.
  • Spring 2011 - 3D Printing Lab built at NASA Ames, now with 12+ additive manufacturing technologies.
  • Summer 2011 - Awarded Sub-Orbital Flight via NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program.
  • July – September 2011 - Three zero-gravity test flights, proving the Made In Space concept of 3D printing in microgravity.
  • December 2011 - Awarded a Phase 1 SBIR with NASA to design a 3D Printer for the ISS.
  • January 2013 - Awarded a Phase 2 SBIR with NASA to build and flight qualify a production facility 3D Printer for the ISS.
  • February 2013 - Awarded a Phase 3 sole source contract with NASA MSFC to fly a 3D Printing technology demonstration on the ISS in 2014.
  • May 2013 - Announced 3D Print Experiment in partnership with NASA to send first 3D printer to ISS.
  • June 2013 - Passed critical microgravity flight testing of prototype 3D printer at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
  • March 2014 - Delivered 3D print hardware to NASA MSFC.
  • May 2014 - Made In Space awarded SBIR Phase I contracts for development of recycler unit for use with in-space 3D printer, and for microwell project.
  • June 2014 - 3D Print hardware passes all NASA safety and environmental tests. Printer deemed ready to launch.
  • July 2014 - Made In Space receives an ISS Space Flight Awareness Award.
  • August 2014 - 2014 World Technology Network Award Finalist.
  • September 2014 - Launched the First Zero-Gravity 3D Printer

Selected Articles

  • "The printer will make the ISS less dependent on resupply ships for materials, which could cut transportation costs and improve safety."
    - Jack Linshi, Time.com
  • "Many believe the first trillionaire will come from a space business."
    - Kristyn Martin, ALJAZEERA
  • "The technology means objects can actually be manufactured in space, meaning the need to launch components from Earth would be much reduced - making space exploration much cheaper and more efficient."
    - by Staff Writers, Space Daily
  • "The debut of the Made In Space 3D printer aboard the ISS in 2014 – the first-ever 3D printer specifically engineered for the zero-gravity conditions of outer space – could unlock the potential of off-planet manufacturing and transform the future of space exploration."
    - Dominic Basulto, The Washington Post
  • "That company has a great sense of humor."
    - John Biggs, TechCrunch
  • "As NASA ventures further into space, whether redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we'll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume. In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools or components they need while in space."
    - Charles Bolden, NASA.gov


Aaron Kemmer
Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder
A serial entrepreneur and advisor, Mr. Kemmer co-founded Made In Space when Singularity University offered the challenge of creating a project that would affect 1 billion people. Aaron’s belief is that off-world manufacturing will dramatically change the way we look at space exploration, commercialization and mission design today.

Jason Dunn
Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder
By training, Jason is a rocket scientist holding two degrees in aerospace engineering. At heart, he is an entrepreneur. He believes that within our lifetime we will have the opportunity to make our species multi-planetary.

Mike Chen
Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder
A software architect, entrepreneur and relentless proponent of human space colonization, Mike founded his first company in 2002. Since then, he has been instrumental in founding, building and growing numerous successful ventures in a wide range of vertical markets.

Mike Snyder
Director of R&D and Lead Engineer
Mike has designed or participated in the developmental testing and flight verification for six payloads to the ISS. He has published over a dozen technical papers and presented concepts for advanced space and Earth systems to international audiences. His motivation is to help mankind explore and colonize space.

Scott Summit
Bespoke Innovations
Scott Summit is the founder and chief technology officer of Bespoke Innovations. With more than 20 patents to his name, he has held faculty positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and Singularity University.

Gonzalo Martinez
Gonzalo Martinez is the Director of Strategic Research for the office of the Chief Technology Officer at Autodesk, Inc. Gonzalo holds a Manufacturing Engineering degree from Boston University with a specialization in CAD/CAM/CAE.

Daniel Thomas Barry
NASA, Singularity University
Dan Barry is an American engineer, scientist, and a retired NASA astronaut. He was at Singularity University from 2009-2012, where he was co-chair of the Faculty of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and the chair of the Faculty of Space and Physical Sciences. He is also a co-founder of 9th Sense Robotics, a telepresence robotics company and the founder and president of Denbar Robotics.

Alison Lewis
Switch Embassy
Alison Lewis is a designer and fashion technologist who believes that the only future in fashion and design is in technological innovation. In 2010, she was voted one of Fast Company’s most Influential Women in Technology for her unique and approachable style to technology and in 2011 spoke at TED on the subject and her approach.


What is the company's vision?
Made In Space’s goal is to enable humanity’s future in space. We’ve identified the ability to build what we need in space, instead of on Earth, to be a critical factor towards establishing a sustained human presence in space. We want to enable more experimentation, innovation and exploration of space by offering in-space manufacturing services. The ability to construct materials, tools and structures in space is essential to the exploration and development of our solar system. In-space manufacturing allows space missions to be independent of Earth since objects can be produced quickly on-demand.

What is additive manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing, often known as 3D printing, is the process of building objects layer by layer out of polymers, composites, metals and other materials based off a digital 3D model. This differs from subtractive manufacturing where objects are created by taking a part away from a larger whole. Additive manufacturing is less wasteful and much more flexible. We’ve developed customized 3D printers tailored specifically for use in zero-gravity and microgravity.

The benefits of 3D printing include:

  • Customization is easy (one-off designs can be easily built)
  • Minimal raw material waste
  • Lighter and more optimized parts (enables optimization of mass/volume)
  • Faster production time
  • Spacing for integrated electronics
  • Limited human interaction required
  • Printing process can be varied to fit needs and limitations (printing speed can be changed, resolution can be changed, amount of fill in the interior of a part can be changed)
The first 3D printer Made In Space is sending to the International Space Station for the “3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment” uses an extrusion based method that layers hot liquefied ABS plastic to build a defined object.

How are Made In Space printers different from terrestrial printers?
3D printing in microgravity is challenging for numerous reasons. Objects built on Earth are often constructed with gravity assumed. In micro or zero-gravity, some of the parts held in place typically by gravity may move, which could destroy a print. We had to essentially build a gravity-independent 3D printer. We also had to ensure that surface tension dominates in the FDM process since the layering of the material would normally be incompatible with successful printing. Thermal processes have to be adjusted; extreme safety precautions, particularly with off-gassing, must be taken to ensure the printer poses no threat to the astronauts; and we had to ruggedize our printer survive launch pressures and still operate correctly on the space station. There were dozens of other key adjustments to compensate for the space environment.

How is Made In Space funded?
Made In Space, Inc. is an independently funded private company.

Why is off-world manufacturing important?
Launching anything into orbit currently costs $10,000/kg or more so reducing the amount of mass needed in orbit translates into enormous costs savings. By making things on-demand you no longer need to send redundant spare parts just in case one breaks. NASA has already spent 1.2 billion dollars on spare parts for the ISS, the vast majority of which will never be used. Additionally when you obviate the need for countless spare parts you simultaneously open up space on the station for more valuable usage than just storage.

Another huge advantage is in the design of parts themselves. When you launch something into space it must endure three to nine times the gravity of Earth depending on the launch vehicle. Most things manufactured on Earth are not designed to handle those kinds of stresses so they need to be structurally reinforced, becoming much heavier than they actually need to be just so that they can make it to orbit. Once you are in space, you don’t need to support any weight at all, so if you can print there you could make ultra light objects that are perfect for space but that could never survive on Earth let alone the ride on a launch vehicle.

Off-world manufacturing becomes even more advantageous once we start liberating resources from off-world locations like the Moon and asteroids, skipping the massive gravity well of Earth altogether.

What will Made In Space 3D printers make in space?
NASA will utilize the printer to build parts and tools for the International Space Station. It is estimated that 30% of the parts on the ISS could be replaced by 3D printed constructs.

Aside from that, the possibilities are immense. Astronauts could easily replace lost or broken parts, researchers could iterate and develop their experiments by manufacturing new hardware on demand, designers could create delicate structures that could only exist zero gravity… most of what is possible with this technology is yet to be discovered.

Are Made In Space printers only available to NASA?
Not at all. The second Made In Space printer, scheduled to be a full-time installation on the ISS in 2015, will be available for use by businesses and individuals.

How do I know if Made In Space can print what I’m looking for?
Please contact our business@madeinspace.us email address, and we’ll start to discuss the possibilities.


Aaron Kemmer
Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder

Jason Dunn
Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder

Mike Chen
Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder

Mike Snyder
Director of R&D and Lead Engineer

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