NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 H10.01-9308
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Recycling/Reclamation of 3D Printer Plastic for Reuse
PROPOSAL TITLE: R3DO: A Plastic Recycling System For Creating 3D Printer Feedstock On-Orbit

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Made in Space, Inc.
427 North Tatnall Street, #56666
Wilmington, DE 19801 - 2230
(650) 701-7722

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Matthew Napoli
2436 N Forbes Ave
Claremont, CA 91711 - 1717
(909) 702-6678

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jason Dunn
340 Bryant Street
Mountain View, CA 94041 - 1213
(727) 808-9936

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Recycling/Reclamation of 3D Printer Plastic for Reuse is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
An automated in-space recycling system for 3D printer feedstock will provide game-changing resupply benefits including but not limited to launch mass reduction, mission reliability increases, and decreased reliance on resupply from Earth. To bring these benefits to ISS in the near term, Made In Space proposes the further development of their unique recycling system, called R3DO, for transforming ABS plastic parts on ISS into 3D printer filament feedstock.

R3DO leverages Made In Space's knowledge of the extrusion process in microgravity, which enables 3D printing in space. R3DO's patent-pending technologies designed to meet NASA ISS requirements, and include multiple unique innovations such as filament use in microgravity, the low-power heating system, microgravity stabilization, material control, breaker plate migration, material-filter interactions, cooling characteristics, and safety mechanisms.

Made In Space has developed and tested four prototype iterations of R3DO in the lab, to verify that the recycler is capable of recycling 3D printed material into feedstock and that that feedstock can be used with Made In Space printers. Further, Made In Space has flown one of these prototypes on several microgravity flights to verify that it is capable of recycling ABS plastic and extruding feedstock in microgravity. Feedstock extruded in microgravity was then used to successfully print parts using Made In Space 3D printers.

For Phase 1 development, Made In Space will conduct a feasibility study and create a bench-top proof of concept of the full ISS system, based on the aforementioned prototypes, with a planned Technology Readiness Level ("TRL") of 5. Phase 2 will produce an Engineering Test Unit and accumulate data at TRL 6, and Phase 3 will feature the manufacturing of a Flight Unit, integration with the ISS and commercial applications, demonstrating TRL 9.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In 2015, Made In Space is going to manufacture hardware on demand in space. The first and largest market for this service will be in supporting ISS activities. The R3DO recycler has several in-space applications that will significantly enable and improve NASA's exploration efforts, making NASA a key potential customer of this technology. R3DO will greatly impact NASA's exploration efforts in three ways: exploration missions (long-term), ISS (short-term), and space debris (short term).

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Made In Space has had substantial conversations with the US Navy regarding the integration of the R3DO system into Naval operations and logistics, once it is developed. Commercially, the development of a high quality, reliable, and safe recycler will be highly useful to the commercial 3D printing market, which is growing exponentially.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
In Situ Manufacturing
Manufacturing Methods
Process Monitoring & Control
Processing Methods
Resource Extraction
Waste Storage/Treatment

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