China first tested in space 3D printer

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China first tested in space 3D printer

Orbital 3D printing was carried out using continuous polymer composites reinforced with carbon fiber.
China was the first in the world to successfully test 3D printing technology in space orbit in automatic mode. This was reported on the eve by Xinhua. A 3D space printer, independently created by China, and two samples printed by him in orbit were successfully returned to Earth on Friday. They were delivered by a return capsule of a new-generation Chinese pilot manned spacecraft, “the report said.

It is noted that this is the first of its kind test for China and for the whole world, in which 3D orbital printing was carried out using continuous polymer composites reinforced with carbon fiber.

In this test, both samples were printed from continuous carbon fiber materials, which laid an important technological foundation for the future development of 3D printing using composite materials.

In orbit, the 3D printing system worked in automatic mode. Prior to this, all such experiments were carried out in the presence of people who were supposed to correct the errors that occurred.

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Recall, on May 5, the ship launched from the Chinese Wenchang cosmodrome in Hainan. He was put into orbit by the new Changzheng-5 launch vehicle.

Later it became known about the failure during the flight of the new Chinese spacecraft. In particular, the inflatable heat shield of the returned cargo capsule did not work