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Tomsk State University investigates the strength of 3D prints in space

The Tomsk State University is investigating the strength of blades produced on the International Space Station (ISS) using a Russian 3D printer.

The samples presented by cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, which were produced using the first Russian 3D printer in space, are now undergoing mechanical tests at Tomsk State University (TSU). The TSU is carrying out these tests on the strength of the samples printed in space to compare them with corresponding samples produced on Earth.

“The new shift of ISS cosmonauts has printed more than just samples, which were previously gifted to the experiment participants but now their physical and mechanical characteristics will be studied. Using special equipment, we will test them for strength by tearing them in the thin part and monitoring under what loads this happens,” said Alexander Vorozhtsov, TSU Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation.

The 3D printer, a joint project between RSC Energia, TSU and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), was specially developed for use in space. The creation of samples on the ISS makes it possible to produce necessary parts and tools directly in orbit, which could simplify logistics for space missions in the long term. This technology promises to improve the quality of 3D-printed objects by distributing material more evenly without the effects of gravity.

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