The High Frontier:
In-Space Manufacturing at NASA MSFC

On Demand Available until June 29, 2017

A presentation on additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities and applications at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will highlight the Center’s history in 3D printing. Find out about the latest AM technologies in use at NASA MSFC, how they work, and how they are being utilized to further NASA’s efforts to create a sustainable, lower-cost launch capability.

This Webinar also will provide an overview of the In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) project and objectives, a summary of the recent 3D Printing in Zero-G technology demonstration mission onboard the International Space Station, and efforts underway to develop and adapt manufacturing technologies for use in space that have the potential to enhance crew safety and enable sustainable exploration.


Tracie Prater, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineer, NASA Marshall

Tracie Prater, Ph.D. joined NASA MSFC in fall 2013 as an engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory. She was previously a NASA graduate student research fellow and is an alumni of the NASA academy program. She is the lead materials discipline engineer for in-space manufacturing and also supports the materials selection and control branch. As someone who grew up in a family of Trekkies, she is excited to work on a project that may make the Replicator a reality.

Kenneth Cooper, Advanced Manufacturing Team Lead, NASA Marshall

Kenneth Cooper is in his 23rd year at NASA MSFC, and has broken nearly every type Additive Manufacturing system (over 30) in the last two-plus decades in his quest to determine the technologies most beneficial to the NASA mission, both “for space” and “in space”.

Brian West, Systems Engineer, NASA Marshall

Brian West joined NASA MSFC in fall 2012 as an engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory. Previously, he worked on the space shuttle program and liquid rocket systems for the ARES program. Brian is the integrator for the for-space additive manufacturing. He is also a mentor for the structured light scanning team at MSFC. Before entering the aerospace field, Brian spent nine years working in the robotics and automation field.

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