The Crucial Role of Additive Manufacturing at NASA

Available On-Demand until December 8, 2017

At NASA, the first steps of the Journey to Mars are well underway with the development of NASA’s next generation launch system and investments in research and technologies that should increase the affordability, capability, and safety of exploration activities. 

Additive Manufacturing presents a disruptive opportunity for NASA to design and manufacture hardware with new materials at dramatically reduced cost and schedule. Opportunities to incorporate additive manufacturing align very well with NASA missions and with most NASA programs related to space, science, and aeronautics. The Agency also relies on many partnerships with other government agencies, industry and academia.

During this Webinar, John Vickers will discuss the state of the Agency capability for additive manufacturing challenges and opportunities.

NASA Image: NASA Astronaut Barry (Butch) Wilmore holds a 3-D printed ratchet wrench from the 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. 


John Vickers, Principal Technologist, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

John Vickers is currently the NASA principal technologist in the area of advanced materials and manufacturing. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and as the Manager of the NASA National Center for Advanced Manufacturing. He has over 30 years of experience in materials and manufacturing -- research and development, engineering, and production operations for propulsion, spacecraft, and scientific systems.
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