3D printer developed for the European Space Agency (ESA), capable of printing in microgravity using high performance polymers.
Manufacturing of Experimental Layer Technology (MELT) project’s goal was to design, develop and test a fully functional 3D printer, able to work under the ISS’s (International Space Station) microgravity conditions and 3D print with engineering polymers with high end mechanical and thermal properties
Is the ability to manufacture necessary structures, spares, in situ and on demand reducing the cost, volume, and up-mass constraints that could forbid launching everything needed for long-duration or long-distance missions from Earth.
Engineering polymers with high end mechanical and thermal properties such as PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) and others. These 3D printed parts in high performance polymers with lower density than metal can replace metal parts in many applications inside the Station.