By 2025, mining asteroids may be as commonplace as digging a hole in your backyard.
Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources wanted to get that point across at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., so they used 3-D printing technology and metal from an actual asteroid to produce a three-dimensional version of their logo.
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The company used a meteorite found in Campo Del Cielo, Argentina. The rock, like other asteroids, contained a rich source of metals and other valuable compounds.
In fact, asteroids are known for containing platinum, nickel, iron, and cobalt. Some even contain water, which could be harvested in space and potentially converted into rocket fuel.
After partnering with 3D Systems, a company known for their 3-D printing tech, Planetary Sources was able to print the asteroid metal into the logo.
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So why did a mining company partner with a 3-D printing company?
In a video fro Engadget, CEO, Chris Lewicki explains: "Instead of manufacturing something in an Earth factory and putting it on a rocket and shipping it to space, what if we put a 3-D printer into space and everything we printed with it we got from space? There are billions and billions of tons of this material in space."
Indeed, 3-D printers are being prepped for space already.
It's all coming together.