New Travelling Exhibit Featuring 3D Printing in Space

Published 04/02/2015

By: Laurie Carr, Stratasys

Stratasys is pleased to partner with the Science Museum of Minnesota for its new exhibition, Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience. The Science Museum of Minnesota, in partnership with the California Science Center, NASA and other science museums, has developed the Space exhibit to educate people about the challenges of living and working in space—and the potential of what lies ahead. Launched in mid-February, the exhibit includes a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus FDM-based 3D Printer to demonstrate its capabilities for astronauts living or traveling in space.

uPrint SpaceEmerging 3D printing applications within the aerospace industry have had a profound impact on space travel and exploration. Advancements in materials, such as high-performance and FAA approved ULTEM 9085, have enabled astronauts to utilize additive manufacturing to create light weight and low volume production parts. Projects including “The Flying Eye” Orbis airplane and NASA are developing cost-effective parts that can withstand the harsh conditions encountered in aerospace travel.

The uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer will demonstrate how astronauts use 3D printing technology to test and manufacture tools, including the Saturn V Rocket, the NASA wrench, and other spare parts.

“At a time when astonishing achievements in space exploration are making the headlines, the Space exhibit invites you to explore what it’s like to live and work some hundreds of miles from the safety of Earth’s surface. We are thrilled to add demonstrations of the uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer inside the Space exhibit to make a real connection showing how today’s innovations will pave the way for incredible possibilities that lie ahead,” said Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota. 

uPrint Space StratasysBruce Bradshaw, VP of Marketing, North America at Stratasys adds, “The advancements in 3D printing over the past few years have surpassed expectations, and we continue to look towards the future asking ourselves, what’s next? Our partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota is a commitment to provide a stimulating user-experience, which introduces thousands to 3D printing technology and its significance in space exploration.”

The uPrint SE Plus will join the traveling exhibition, which includes destinations to LA, Portland, Philadelphia, and Boston through spring 2018. The exhibit is expected to attract over 2 million visitors, with an estimated 250,000-300,000 visitors in Minnesota.

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