My dad was a machinist by trade, so my interest in manufacturing started young. He would often come home at night and talk about what he’d made that day, the challenges of making it, why it was important. I remember holding parts for the STS-26 Space Shuttle in my hands. Landing gear from the Boeing 757 and the F-15. I started wondering: who invents these designs and how does all this stuff happen? I thought, maybe this is what I want to do.
SpaceX - Space Exploration Technologies Corp
You are on the the International Space Station (ISS) and it's time for the required routine filter replacement, but there's a slight issue - "houston we have a problem we can't find the filter cap". No problem you think, just order another right? Here's the stats on that: Estimated time of arrival is six (6) months on the next supply from Earth costing around $10,000 for every pound of items transported. You know you can fire up the 3D printer back at NASA and have this part completed in 45 minutes, but what about space?