Refabricator: A Recycling and Manufacturing System for the International Space Station

Working with NASA's In-Space Manufacturing Program at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Tethers Unlimited's Firmamentum Division is developing a payload for the ISS that will demonstrate in-space recycling and manufacturing to support long-duration manned space missions. This payload, called the Refabricatorâ„¢, combines a plastic recycling system with a 3D printer to enable astronauts to recycle plastic waste into high-quality 3D printer filament, and then use that filament to fabricate new parts, medical implements, food utensils, and other items that the astronauts need to maintain their spacecraft and perform their missions.

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