Fascinating news in manufacturing! We often talk about manufacturing space, but don't often get to think about manufacturing IN space! It turns out that space is a viable option for certain kinds of manufacturing. Space.com reported, "In space, microgravity lets materials grow without encountering walls, and it allows them to mix evenly and hold together without traditional supports. And a nearby ultrahigh vacuum helps things form without impurities." This could be an option especially for companies that make materials for smaller electronics. Obviously there are challenges and obstacles but it will be interesting to see where this leads!
Space is a dangerous place for humans: Microgravity sets our fluids wandering and weakens muscles, radiation tears through DNA and the harsh vacuum outside is an ever-present threat. But for materials that show incredible strength, transmit information with barely any loss, form enormous crystals or even grow into organs, the harshness of space can be the perfect construction zone. Read More