NASA 4D Printed Space Armor

May 2, 2017

Category: Gear

NASA has been responsible for a large number of technological advancements – including LEDs, memory foam, and freeze drying – and, though their funding has been unfortunately cut, they don’t appear to be slowing much, if at all. Their latest advancement, however, seems more like something out of the distant past. But, don’t let the looks fool you – NASA’s chainmail-like ‘Space Fabric’ is still quite futuristic.

While the appearance might look like woven-together metal, this pliable metallic textile was actually made with 3D printing technology at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. In fact, project head Raul Polit Casillas actually refers to it as ‘4D’ printing due to the fact that they print the material with both geometry and functionality in mind. That functionality, by the way, is three-fold: protecting astronauts and spacecraft from debris impact (like stray meteorites), for capturing objects on the surface of other planets, or as insulation in icy climates like Jupiter’s Europa moon. And that’s just what they’ve come up with so far. The project is still in development, but Polit Casillas hopes to put it into production and use in the near future – potentially even manufacturing it outside of our atmosphere.

Learn More: NASA

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Gear

The Aluminum Cache River Tool Is A Pocketable EDC Bit Driver

With anodized 6061 aluminum construction and premium Wiha bits.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner
Featured Image

The 12 Best Pry Tools For EDC

Pocketable devices offering up plenty of leverage.

Posted By

Oct 1, 2020

Featured Image

Emerson’s First-Ever Auto Knife Is CA-Legal & Specifically Designed For EDC

A compact, American-made automatic packing a 1.9” 154CM steel blade.

Posted By

Sep 30, 2020

Featured Image

Add Some Utility To Your EDC With The James Brand’s Billet Aluminum Hex Driver

Anodized machined construction housing Wiha molybdenum tool steel bits.

Posted By

Sep 30, 2020

Featured Image

Snow Peak’s X-Pac Bags Are Crafted From Ultralight Waterproof Sailcloth

Combining traditional Japanese design with technical, utilitarian materials.

Posted By

Sep 30, 2020

Featured Image

The 8 Most Important Watches From WWII

Important timepieces from the most significant war in human history.

Posted By

Sep 29, 2020