#ISS commander Barry Wilmore, out in space, needed a wrench and @NASA just "emailed" one to him. #3dprinting #nasa
Commander Barry Wilmore with the 3D printed wrench
When International Space Station commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench, Nasa knew just what to do. They "emailed" him one. This is the first time an object has been designed on Earth and then transmitted to space for manufacture.
Made In Space, the California company that designed the 3D printer aboard the ISS, overheard Wilmore mentioning the need for a ratcheting socket wrench and decided to create one. Previously, if an astronaut needed a specific tool it would have to be flown up on the next mission to the ISS, which could take months.
Nasa just emailed a wrench to space