Made in Space Sets Guinness World Record

Hanging beam (Credit: Made in Space)

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., February 22, 2018 — Made In Space, Inc. (MIS) has been making large strides recently in proving its space-capable technologies and, in doing so, has earned a Guinness Book World Record for the “World’s Longest 3D Printed non-assembled Piece.”

“We believe that this record is indicative of the transformational work we’re doing in space today,” said
Andrew Rush, President & CEO. “Guinness is the most recognized, ultimate global authority in record
breaking, and our team couldn’t be prouder to receive this recognition for their incredible work. They deserve it.”

To obtain Guinness World Record certification, a record must be: measurable, breakable, capable of standardization, verifiable, based on one superlative and measured in one unit of measurement, and achieves best-in-the-world standing.

After successfully operating its Extended Structure Additive Manufacturing Machine (ESAMM) technology in a space-like environment this past summer, MIS set out to further demonstrate its space-ready technology by additively manufacturing a beam stretching the length of their Moffett Field facility located at NASA’s Ames Research Center. The beam’s final measurement was recorded at 37.7 meters (123 ft, 8.25 inches) long. It now hangs from the ceiling at MIS’s facility.

ESAMM is the internal 3D printer of one of MIS’ larger systems, Archinaut, which employs robotic arms to assemble 3D printed parts and pre-fabricated components into larger, more complex structures. Because this technology manufactures in space, it enables the optimization of structures and spacecraft for the space environment instead of the harsh launch environment. Using the Archinaut technology, the company is now capable of manufacturing objects of complex geometry and indefinite size in space.

About Made In Space:

Made In Space, Inc. (MIS) is the world’s most experienced space manufacturing company. Established in 2010 and with offices in Florida, California, Alabama and Ohio, MIS leverages the unique properties of the space environment to develop manufacturing solutions to commercial, industrial, research and defense challenges. The company’s vision is to enable the future of space exploration by offering off-Earth manufacturing capabilities. For more information about MIS, visit www.madeinspace.us.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Not made in zero-g? Fake fake fake.

  • Marnila

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  • Michael Halpern

    They have made wrenches and such in microgravity on the ISS so they know what it takes, right now they are making high quality fiber optics on the ISS

  • duheagle

    The Guinness record isn’t about being made in space or in zero-G. Made in Space still has to demonstrate its maker thing actually works in space. Given MiS’s track record, I’m not inclined to doubt the thing will work there.

  • Michael Halpern

    Though I am relatively certain that beam took months to print otherwise it might have some pretty incredible terrestrial applications other than maybe ship repair at sea

  • Tom Billings

    An excellent achievement!

    It would be interesting to know the stiffness of the 38m structure, as well as the structure’s smallest member dimensions, alongside both the mass input to the structure and the final mass. Oddly enough, the less mass used in making any finished assembly, the more valuable it becomes to lift each kilo of that mass from Earth, or to bring it from any other source off Earth, because each kilo will have more market value to whoever the ultimate customer is. That is why these first generation devices will probably be succeeded by ones using this sort of tech, hopefully before the 2020s are out.

    https://phys.org/news/2018-02-d-nanoscale-metal.html

    At that point we will be seeing very low mass objects at very large diameters in Space. Whatever the smallest dimension on the current MIS achievement, it will be interesting to see how much it can be bettered using these second generation technologies.

  • James

    Not really. The problem with ships is at sea is that most ships are made of steel. Those ships bend and flex A LOT. Thats whats so awesome about good steel. Its very hard, very durable and very flexible.

  • Michael Halpern

    pretty sure that beam is titanium, but modifying for steel shouldn’t be hard with a lower melting point.

  • duheagle

    All MiS’s previous work has been strictly polymer or carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. I couldn’t confirm what the material of the Guinness-winning boom was even on the MiS website. But I don’t think MiS does metal 3-D printing at all yet.

  • Michael Halpern

    Archnaut is supposed to print titanium, this is using archnaut print mechanism

  • Paul451

    pretty sure that beam is titanium

    ABS/Carbon-fibre.

    Though I am relatively certain that beam took months to print

    30 hours.

  • Michael Halpern

    Hmm interesting printing ABS carbon fiber, probably not as strong as traditional carbon fiber manufacturing, but cool

    30 hours? That’s a fast print

  • Paul451

    probably not as strong as traditional carbon fiber manufacturing

    Not even close. Not even in the same order-of-magnitude.

    Worse, many supposed “fibre” filaments are just CF dust mixed in the polymer matrix. The only advantage is that is reduces the thermal expansion/contraction in the print, which reduces warping and increases layer adhesion. That adds about 30% to the part strength, but the additive itself adds nothing to the strength.

  • Paul451

    The previous record holder was a tool part made for Boeing. It was only 16ft long, but it was 5 feet wide and a foot’n’ahalf high. Much more impressive that this Inert Carbon Rod.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVqWM7T8dcIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVqWM7T8dcI

  • Michael Halpern

    reduced warping is good, may be especially critical in space application post print, depending on what the job is, that may be more important in some instances than strength, I hope to see it fly at some point, Archnaut has the potential to be a very powerful tool.

  • Michael Halpern

    personally I think Made In Space’s printer is more impressive,

  • Paul451

    Yeah, but “carbon fibre” filament in 3d printing seems to be little more than marketing wank. It does nothing for the strength of the part that you wouldn’t get from adding a percentage of any (cheaper) thermally stable dust. But being able to say “Carbon-Fibre” is what drives sales.