Descriptionzero-g compatible 3D printer
Principal Investigator (PI)Ugo Lafont | 
Organisation ESA
Co-InvestigatorsRiccardo Rampini |



ESA has developed a zero-g compatible 3d printer to be deployed during AMADEE-20 in the habitat to investigate its performance under field conditions. ESA’s Manufacturing of Experimental Layer MELT_manifest.pngTechnology (MELT) project printer has to be able to operate from any orientation, based on the ‘fuse filament fabrication’ process, it has been designed to fit within a standard ISS payload rack, and to meet the Station’s rigorous safety standards.
The MELT printer can print a wide variety of thermoplastics from ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), up to high-melting point engineering thermoplastics such PEEK (Polyether ether ketone), which is robust enough to substitute for metal materials in some cases.

Experiment Data

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