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Boeing sponsors Space Foundation’s upcoming AM Space Lab

The Boeing Additive Manufacturing Space Lab will be a new immersive education lab serving students, teachers, and industry across the globe

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Boeing has awarded a grant to the Space Foundation Discovery Center to fund a new Additive Manufacturing Space Lab. Devoted to 3D design and printing, as well as other AM and fabrication methods, the Boeing Additive Manufacturing Space Lab will be a new immersive education lab serving students, teachers, and industry across the globe. Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization offering information, education, and collaboration for the global space ecosystem.

The 826-square-foot Boeing Additive Manufacturing Space Lab is designed to revolutionize student learning, enhance visitor experiences, and foster global engagement through interactive digital activities and cutting-edge physical technology. Within the Lab, displays focused on the AM industry will educate and inspire museum visitors – showcasing groundbreaking technology that has significantly impacted manufacturing and the space industry.

Boeing’s commitment to education aligns seamlessly with our mission, and we are immensely grateful for their continued support in propelling our Space Foundation Discovery Center to the forefront of innovative educational offerings. This generous grant will fuel the creation of a new state-of-the-art Additive Manufacturing Space Lab, empowering educators, inspiring students, and connecting with partners worldwide. We are excited to continue this transformative partnership with Boeing, working hand in hand to inspire the next generation of space innovators,” said Heather Pringle, CEO of Space Foundation.

“The Space Domain is no longer the future of human discovery and national defense – it is the here and now, and students need the right skills to meet today’s moment,” said Kay Sears, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Space, Intelligence, and Weapons Systems. “We are proud to support the Space Foundation’s new additive manufacturing lab at the Discovery Center in Colorado, which will serve as an important resource for students to learn through hands-on training and experience.”

Boeing, a leader in advanced manufacturing for air and space, has extensively utilized additive manufacturing for the production of satellites – often surpassing traditionally produced parts in numbers. With plans to advance AM in commercial, civil, and government sectors, Boeing aims to be at the forefront of this technology for future crewed space missions. Recognizing a shortage of skilled professionals in related fields, Boeing seeks to partner with Space Foundation to address this gap. Lab programming, developed in collaboration with Boeing, will target students from first grade onward – fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment to nurture skills essential for careers in AM.

The Lab will seamlessly integrate with other Discovery Center experiences – enhancing the overall learning environment. This synergy with existing labs, such as the Drone Lab and Lockheed Martin Mars Robotics Lab, amplifies the educational journey by leveraging 3D printing technology. The Lab fosters cross-disciplinary connections, promoting a comprehensive understanding of cutting-edge technologies.

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