How is it possible to 3D print something in space? Indeed, there have been many researchers trying to figure out a way to 3D printing a 3D printer in space. One of those printers would certainly be launched into space (as an initial step) and then reproduce itself from space. Other plans include using a 3D printed car to drive around on the moon or even to explore the interior of the International Space Station. But what can I print using a 3D Printer in space?
You could be looking to make an item that can only be found at a few select places. These types of products would include collectibles, maps, jewelry and other items that can’t necessarily be reproduced in our living rooms on Earth. For example, I’ve seen 3D printing services that have made a metal plate that can be used to make a chess set. Imagine if we could take that same metal plate and make a chess set out of it in orbit. The pieces wouldn’t look like they came from our world and you certainly wouldn’t be able to tell that they came from space – unless you happened to be playing a game of chess on a simulated space station.
Now, imagine that we could send a probe down to the surface of Mars. There are many 3D printers available now that are capable of producing a high quality print out of any type of material. It’s possible to make your own martini shaker and even put it on display in your bar. And when you get back, you could send back copies of that same martini shaker with the same engraved logo to your friends on Earth.
But that’s not all that you can do with your 3d printer. You can also print another soap dish with the same image that you printed earlier in the project. How’s that for the imagination? You might even be able to come up with new ways of using your 3D printing technology. How about having a competition in the shape of soap dishes?
This is possible if you purchase a device called a USB cable. The USB cable connects your 3d printer to your computer. You can also use your computer to upload the design from your computer to your 3D printer. All you need to do is plug in the usb cables between your devices, and then print! Here’s a quick breakdown:
Many times, people forget that some 3D printing products require special print heads. You’ll want to make sure that the print heads used with your 3d printer are designed for your machine. Many 3D printing companies will provide this print head for a nominal fee. Make sure that you test it out with your 3d printer first.
Are you thinking about designing logos for customers and other things around your business? If so, this is an easy way for you to make money. You can purchase vinyl letters that are made to print logos onto anything that you would like. This is a great item to have in your office because it can be used for any kind of business. Just check with different 3D printing companies to see what kind of logo vinyl letters they carry.
There are many more useful things that you can do with your 3d printers. They are certainly wonderful tools for any type of home or small business. If you have one, make sure that you explore all of the possibilities that you have so that you can make the most money possible!