Guiness record for large format 3d printed beam
February 23, 2018
We knew that additive manufacturing could create some big objects, but just how big can a large format 3D printed object really be? We now have our answer. Additive manufacturing company, Made In Space, also known for launching the first 3D printer in space, claimed the Guiness Record for producing the longest, non-assembled 3D printed object. The manufactured object is a beam that measures 37.7 meters (or 123 feet, 8.5 inches long). The beam is the length of Made In Space’s Moffett Field facility at NASA’s Ames Research Center and now hangs from the ceiling of the facility.
all thanks to the esamm
The 3D printed the beam was manufactured by Made In Space’s Extended Structure Additive Manufacturing Machine (ESAMM). The ESAMM is the internal printer of the Archinaut Project, or more formally titled, Versatile In-Space Robotic Precision Manufacturing and Assembly System. Initiated last year, the Archinaut project was projected as a two-year endeavor to construct a massive 3D printer that would be capable of manufacturing structures in the middle of outer space. Readied with robotic arms, the machines can assemble and repair parts while in orbit. The arms are even able to reconfigure and repair themselves if damaged, adding to the resiliency of the technology.
large format 3d printed items possible in space
According to Made In Space President and CEO Andrew Rush, the team hopes that the large format 3D printer will be able to print large format 3D printed items of indefinite size. Currently, gravity limits the size and weight of objects we are able to 3D print. On orbit, you no longer have to account for gravitational limitations.
“All of a sudden, it becomes realistic to talk about building really, really large complex structures in space, like synthetic aperture radars, large communications, and reflectors,” Rush explains. “We can also integrate prefabricated components from the ground to assemble fully metalized reflectors, integrate with shaped antennas and solar panels. Simply put, the potential of this technology is huge, and it ultimately will enable the construction and design of man-made, space-based structures larger than we’ve ever seen up to this point.” (Click here for the full interview.) We’re excited to see what kind of large format 3D printed object Made In Space makes next.