NASA is one of those organizations with which modern life could not be conceived as we know it today. The large amount of money, time and effort invested in creating new and innovative technologies are one of the main reasons why the space agency has succeeded.
Today NASA is allied with some of the best companies in the space landscape, but it has also made great strides that could change the future of humanity.
The space agency has managed to create a 3D printed «canvas» with which future space travel could be more comfortable and efficient. According to Raul Polit-Casillas, an investigator of this agency, this new creation is called 4D printing because they have managed to create a material in which the geometry and function of the material can be controlled.
One of the main characteristics of this new «fabric» is that it can reflect light on one side and at the same time absorb it on the other, which gives it the possibility of having a good temperature control – something that in space is very important-. On the other hand this new creation has the ability to adapt to specific ways to work with it, as well as add specific functions.
Being such a versatile material, NASA believes that this new form of print can be used in future astronaut space suits, but also in the construction of antennas and some other devices to capture material on the surface of other space stars .
3D printing is a technique that has been gaining momentum over the past few years and more and more companies are turning their gaze towards this type of materials because of the ease and accessibility of this process, even companies like Boeing have begun to Integrate this type of manufacturing into its supply chain.
The future of the manufacture of several products could be centered in this technique and the prices of its production could be much smaller at the time that we could be contributing to the environment through new and more efficient forms of creation.