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3D printers recently made it into space when a 3D printer specially designed to operate in micro-gravity was installed on the international space station (ISS):

http://www.nasa.gov/content/3d-printer-headed-to-space-station/#.VJgKxP-16Ic

The 3D printer is especially useful in space, where it is not a trivial matter of going back to pick up something “left at home”. Astronauts recently needed a wrench, so engineers on earth quickly drew up a design for the tool and emailed it up to space where the tool was printed in about 4 hours:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/leoking/2014/12/22/nasa-astronauts-ratchet-up-sustainable-space-mission-with-3d-print-breakthrough/

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