Russian 3D printer will be tested on the ISS in 2022 – Parabolic arc

Russian 3D printer (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — A 3D printing experiment is planned on the Russian segment of the International Space Station, dedicated to the development of additive technologies for the production of products from polymer materials in space conditions. To do this, in June 2022, a 3D printer will be brought to the ISS on the Progress MS-20 cargo ship.

The director of the scientific experiment is the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia named after SP Korolev (part of the State Corporation Roscosmos), the developer of the printer is the Tomsk Polytechnic University.

Currently, the creation of a 3D printer is being completed, which will be able to print samples and parts from thermoplastic polymers by layer-by-layer application of a molten polymer thread.

The crew of ISS-67, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemiev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov, who will travel to the station in March aboard the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-21, will begin the experiment. The resulting 3D printing samples will be sent back to Earth so scientists can compare them with the same samples made by a ground-based 3D printer. This will allow a comprehensive study of the impact of microgravity on 3D printing.

In the future, the use of proven additive technologies will allow astronauts at near-Earth orbital stations to manufacture the necessary parts and tools directly in space, rather than waiting for delivery on transport ships from Earth. . In addition, 3D printing will enable long-range and long-range manned spaceflight.