November 26, 2014 Alison Mehesz

The First 3D Print in Space

At approximately 1:28pm PST on November 24, as I watched the 3D printer we built finish printing its first successful print on the International Space Station, one thought stood out prominently — I am deeply proud of my team.

Four years ago Made In Space, Inc. started with four people with the desire, which was not unique, to push humanity further and faster into space. What was unique was the combination of drive, talent and dedication of the team that became Made In Space. The early team ballooned to eight. All of them made massive sacrifices to be a part of our vision, coping with long days, longer nights, missed holidays, and impossible deadlines. That commitment, work ethic and passion has continued with those we’ve been fortunate to bring into the fold. In four years, an amazingly short period for space mission development, we’ve gone from our core concept to placing the first sustained manufacturing device in space – the first true alternative to rockets for delivery of hardware. And for everything that went into that, I am vastly appreciative and deeply proud.

Made In Space was formed with the belief that it was human destiny to expand beyond our planet, and ultimately to live in locations that were not our home planet. Our first core belief was that launching everything from Earth would never be a feasible option to accomplish this goal of becoming a multi-planetary species. We need to be able to make what we need off-Earth, to ‘live off the land’ if you will. When the pilgrims traveled to America they did not bring all their homes and food with them – they brought the tools that would allow them to build homes and grow food wherever they landed. Made In Space centered on additive manufacturing as the best tool to accomplish this.

Though objects have been previously created in space there has never been true, sustained manufacturing there. Years of testing and development taught us how challenging an environment space would be for additive manufacturing. We found an excellent partner in NASA, including Marshall Space Flight Center and Ames Research Center. We were inspired by Singularity University and the wealth of impressive businesses springing from their program. We moved from a basement, to a set of small offices, to our own building. We’ve been honored to display our technology at the White House and to interested supporters across the globe.

And today we successfully additively manufactured the first object in space.

My sincerest thanks to all those who helped make this happen. I have never experienced such a hard-working group before. Fundamental changes come from teams of dedicated people working tirelessly towards a goal.

Aaron Kemmer
CEO, Made In Space

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