Apr 25, 2018 | By David

German research institute BAM (Federal Ministry of Materials Research and Testing) has successfully 3D printed a metal tool in zero-gravity conditions for the first time. We reported last year on BAM’s early tests for the use of ceramic 3D printing on board a spacecraft, making use of a vacuum system to hold the powder bed together. Now the improved additive manufacturing process has been used to produce a metal tool, which is the most advanced structure achieved so far.