What additive manufacturing (AM) research exists for microgravity and space environments?

DARPA’s Novel Orbital Moon Manufacturing, Materials, and Mass Efficient Design (NOM4D) program is tasked with providing foundational proofs of concept in materials science, manufacturing, and design technologies to enable production of future space structures on orbit without the volume constraints imposed by launch (source: DARPA).

Posted: November 8, 2023

Deadline: November 16, 2023

The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) is seeking information on AM research for microgravity and space/low Earth orbit environments in support of the U.S. Department of Defense.  Modern space exploration depends on components processed on Earth that need to be transported to space and could be unfeasible for future, deeper space exploration due to long transportation times and high costs.  To mitigate these issues, there is growing interest in utilizing AM platforms to manufacture critical metallic, polymeric, and ceramic parts. Therefore, research on these technologies in microgravity and vacuum environments is needed.

If you have expertise, data, or points of contact related to this inquiry, please contact Travis Kneen (travis.j.kneen.ctr@mail.mil), the lead DSIAC engineer.

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