Off-world applications

As one of the first additive manufacturing facilities to be deployed in space, the DAF3D is already enabling a veritable litany of in-orbit fabrication operations while simultaneously facilitating numerous research studies for use back on Earth and in space.

3D Printer Technology has an extensively modified DAF3D manufacturing device in operation on the International Space Station (ISS), facilitating the fabrication of hardware componentry and tools by members of the ESA (European Space Agency) mission and other participating partners aboard this most unique and cooperative of international installations. At almost double the size of the earthbound DAF3D printer, this variant can construct larger and more intricate objects at greater speed, all with the extreme precision necessary for deployment in orbital space.

3D printered tool parts printed in space

When reliability is everything

The terms governing the agreement for use of the DAF3D aboard the ISS stipulate that ownership of the unit remains with 3D Printer Technology while the ESA and other personnel use it as a service.

Since its initial deployment on the ISS in 2016, the DAF3D has been used to fabricate a number of components, tools and multi-part assemblies intended for use both in orbit and back on Earth. DAF3D's immense potential has been leveraged extensively to deliver specialized medical and aerospace parts, state-of-the-art optical fiber and STEM research to organizations around the globe.