The robotics field has been quick to adopt the benefits of 3D printing by taking advantage of the ability to create complex, tailored parts and giving life to machines through practical field testing and real-time adjustments to specific components. A 3D print model can accurately reflect a digitally-designed robotic application without adding additional cost. Since 2014, the International Space Station has had a 3D printer on-board, and aerospace experts predict that by 2021, the technology may be used to manufacture and construct satellite reflectors and other large-scale devices in-orbit. Such work would likely be completed by the Archinaut project, an ambitious, $20-million contract through NASA that utilizes robotic manufacturing and assembly.

The robotics field has been quick to adopt the benefits of 3D printing by taking advantage of the ability to create complex, tailored parts and giving life to machines through practical field testing and real-time adjustments to specific components. A 3D print model can accurately reflect a digitally-designed robotic application without adding additional cost. Since 2014, the International Space Station has had a 3D printer on-board, and aerospace experts predict that by 2021, the technology may be used to manufacture and construct satellite reflectors and other large-scale devices in-orbit. Such work would likely be completed by the Archinaut project, an ambitious, $20-million contract through NASA that utilizes robotic manufacturing and assembly.