Mitsubishi learned how to 3D print in a vacuum

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that the company has developed an in-orbit additive manufacturing technology that

uses photosensitive resin and solar ultraviolet light to 3D print satellite dishes in the vacuum of outer space. Discuss

The new technology is used recentlya developed liquid resin that has been specially formulated for vacuum stability. This resin allows structures to be fabricated in space using a low-power process that uses the sun's ultraviolet rays to photopolymerize. The technology solves the problem of equipping small inexpensive spacecraft with large structures.

In-orbit production is expected based onThe resin will allow spacecraft structures to be thinner and lighter than conventional structures that must withstand the stresses of launch and orbit, thus reducing the overall weight of the satellite and the cost of launch.