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Nasa plans 3D printer space launch

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US space agency Nasa announces it will launch a 3D printer into space next year to test the feasibility of making spare parts in zero-gravity.

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

I think this is a really interesting story, given my interest in 3D printing. Of course, I keep wondering how 3D printing can be done in zero gravity, but I suppose that’s an issue for the NASA people, not me. Even so, this article shows that this type of technology is not going away, and that this will be another kind of technology that would be helpful for our children to start learning how to design and use. I’m a huge proponent of teaching 3D design and how to use a 3D printer in education as another tool of Ed Tech. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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