Students from North Dakota State University are getting the chance to work with NASA to develop a new 3D printing technique for use in space. The group is involved in the with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is trying to create 3D printed objects that are lightweight enough for use in spacecraft.
The 11 students involved are working towards degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering. They have virtual meetings with scientists at the JPL as well as a team meeting once a week to talk strategy and brainstorm solutions.
The group’s biggest challenge is developing a software algorithm that can reduce the amount of support structures and matter needed when printing any 3D object. The results of their work will be presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Conference in September.
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