Made In Space (Redwire)

Made In Space is a space-based manufacturing company founded in 2010, which started by making 3D printers usable in microgravity.

Created: 2018-11-01

Updated: 2021-01-08

Founded
Country
2010
USA
Website
Made In Space
Social
Made In Space (Redwire)

Service - Archinaut

Classification
In-Space Manufacturing
Category
In-Space Manufacturing
In-Space Assembly
Fields
ZBLAN
Large Space Structures
Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
Orbital Microfabrication
Status
2) Demonstrated
First launch
2018

In parallel they privately funded the development of expertise and technology to produce fibre in space. Their first fibre machine visible on Figure 5 was launched to the ISS in 2017 to test the system and draw some fiber. Same unit was returned to Earth and sent back to ISS again in 2018. More fiber was drawn in April 2018 and the unit was returned to Earth in the summer of 2018. The results are proprietary, but in August 2018 they raised their first outside funding round when before they primarily sustained themselves through government grants.

[The Turbine Ceramic Manufacturing Module (CMM)](http://The Turbine Ceramic Manufacturing Module (CMM)) is a commercial in-space manufacturing device designed to demonstrate proof-of-principle single-piece ceramic turbine blisk manufacturing in microgravity for terrestrial use. 
Manufacturing turbine components in microgravity could produce parts with better performance including higher strength and lower residual stress, due to a reduction in defects caused by gravity, such as sedimentation and composition gradients. This technology demonstrates potential use of the space station for unique manufacturing capabilities which could increase commercial utilization of ISS. 
CMM also represents the addition of an entirely new 3D printing technology on the ISS. This facility will be the first stereolithography (SLA) printer to operate on orbit. This 3D printing method employs UV-curable resin and a UV laser to form 3D printed objects. SLA printing is ideal for manufacturing high-accuracy parts with complex geometries. MIS pioneered manufacturing capabilities in space with its first- and second-generation 3D printers, with on-orbit operations dating back to 2014.  

  • Developing a Glass Alloy Manufacturing Machine (GAMMA), an experimental system designed to investigate how glass alloys form without the effects of gravity-induced flaws. The microgravity environment of space is expected to enable much higher quality glass products by eliminating the Earth-based impacts of convection, sedimentation, and solute buildup, which lead to nucleation, or crystal-forming sites in the materials. This system could improve processes for commercial product development. Product applications include optical fiber, lenses, and optical devices across several market segments including telecommunications, sensors and laser technology industries.
  • Developing an autonomous, high throughput manufacturing capability for production of high quality, lower cost semiconductor chips at a rapid rate. Terrestrial semiconductor chip production suffers from the impacts of convection and sedimentation in the manufacturing process. Fabricating in microgravity is expected to reduce the number of gravity-induced defects, resulting in more usable chips per wafer. Market applications include semiconductor supply chains for telecommunications and energy industries. 

News, Research, Projects and Patents

Title Type Date Summary
How In-Space Manufacturing Will Impact the Global Space Economy News 2020-06-22
Redwire acquires Made In Space News 2020-06-23 Made In Space, a pioneer of in-space manufacturing and assembly technologies, is being acquired by Redwire, a new venture that is rolling up a number of smaller space companies.
Made In Space to Launch First Ceramic Manufacturing Facility to the International Space Station News 2020-09-22 The Turbine Ceramic Manufacturing Module (CMM) is a commercial in-space manufacturing device designed to demonstrate proof-of-principle single-piece ceramic turbine blisk manufacturing in microgravity for terrestrial use.
Mobile End-Effector Laser Device (MELD) Project 2019-06-20 Development of Mobile Welding Capabilities for In-Space Manufacturing
Made In Space makes ceramic turbine part in orbit in another 3D printing milestone News 2020-12-22 The Florida-based company just built its first ceramic part in orbit, 3D printing a single-piece turbine "blisk" (short for "bladed disk") on board the [International Space Station](https://www.space.com/16748-international-space-station.html) (ISS)..
NASA awards $73.7 million to Made In Space for orbital demonstration News 2019-07-12 NASA awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space to additively manufacture ten-meter beams onboard Archinaut One, a small satellite scheduled to launch in 2022.
Made In Space Europe wins LSA contract to develop inexpensive robotic arm News, Project 2019-12-09 Made In Space Europe won a Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) contract to develop an inexpensive robotic arm for space applications.
Expanding Our Horizons: How In Space Manufacturing Can Develop the Next Generation of Space Telescopes and Space-Based Radar Systems News 2020-03-13 Robotic manufacturing and assembly in space will improve the way we utilize space, build infrastructure, and enable humanity to create the structures and assemblies required to explore new worlds.
Made in Space to Launch Plastics Recycler to ISS News 2019-10-22 Made in Space announced on Monday that it will send a system to the International Space Station (ISS) next month that will recycle plastic waste. The Braskem Recycler will produce plastic feed stock that will be used in Made in Space’s additive manufacturing facility (AMF) aboard ISS.
THE RACE TO MANUFACTURE ZBLAN Article 2020-12-11 High-performance ZBLAN fibers would be extremely valuable back on Earth, and several commercial companies such as Fiber Optics Manufacturing in Space (FOMS), Made In Space (MIS), and Physical Optics Corporation (POC) are currently pursuing in-orbit production of ZBLAN fiber. Initial results have been promising, and successful ZBLAN fiber production on the ISS National Lab could pave the way for future large-scale commercial manufacturing of ZBLAN in low Earth orbit.
Made In Space to Step Up Off-Earth Production of Valuable Optical Fiber News 2019-09-09 A slightly bigger ZBLAN-manufacturing machine will be going up to the space station soon. Off-Earth production of the valuable optical fiber ZBLAN will soon reach Phase 2, if all goes according to plan. "We're going to launch a slightly larger facility to the space station in about the next year or so to produce more material, both for additional study and for potential sale.
NASA Selects Proposals for In-Space Development of Projects Including Optical Fibers and Stem Cells and a Plan to Enable a Low-Earth Orbit Economy News 2020-04-07 NASA selected seven proposals submitted in response to the Research Opportunities for ISS Utilization NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seeking in-space manufacturing and regenerative medicine flight demonstrations.

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