Planetary Resources and 3D Systems have 3D printed a logo using material from a pulverized, powdered and processed asteroid.
The object was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA.
It was printed with 3D Systems’ ProX DMP 320 metals 3D printer and is reportedly the first part ever 3D Printed with material from outer space and is reminiscent of a design that could originate from a 3D printer in the zero-gravity environment of space.
The asteroid (or meteorite) used for the print materials was sourced from the Campo Del Cielo impact near Argentina, and is composed of iron, nickel and cobalt – similar materials to refinery grade steel.
This story uses material from Planetary Resources, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.