NASA 3D Printing Leads Way on New Space Race – Invest Now!
- 3D printing has made it quicker and cheaper to create the critical components used in space exploration, creating a massive investment opportunity for early investors.
- Plasma technology is enhancing the effectiveness of 3D printing, enabling the printing of multiple materials on a variety of surfaces.
- Here’s the best way to play this $360 billion industry.
To gather the team and materials necessary to survive the long journey.
We started our venture across the Oregon Trail – the historic 2,170-mile east-west trek linking the Missouri River Valley to the Pacific Northwest.
If you made the wrong decisions, your family starved, but luckily you also got to start over… I’m talking, of course, about the computer game called The Oregon Trail, which I played as a kid.
Since then, we’ve seen real-world pioneering adventures surpass what you could imagine in video games. These innovations take the shape of the high-speed trains, global air travel, the space shuttle program and the lofting of the International Space Station.
Today we are on the verge of a new rise in commercial space tourism, exploration, communication, and likely manufacturing and habitation – the kinds of things I could barely imagine as a kid playing The Oregon Trail.
And that’s not only exciting to those of us who gaze at the sky, considering the possibilities. It’s also a great investment opportunity.
The New Space Race – Here’s the Key to Being the First
There are 1,957 active satellites in orbit, but that number is forecast to … lift off. Because satellites are becoming smaller, lighter, and cheaper, more companies are able to use them for a wider range of purposes.
The market research company Frost & Sullivan estimates that 11,746 small satellites will be launched by 2030, the heart of a $69 billion industry.
The revolution of small satellites is largely due to major advancements in 3D printing.
3D printing is the process of building objects layer by layer, from the ground up.
Think of it like an inkjet printer that prints 2D sheets of paper of various shapes and places them on top of each other. But, instead of ink, it uses molten plastic and fuses it together with adhesives or ultraviolet light.
This process saves resources when compared to the process of starting with a large block of material and whittling it down or using a mold to shape parts. 3D printing is faster, cheaper and easier to experiment with.
And it’s also being applied to larger, manned space operations.
Even Tesla’s Elon Musk put his hat in the ring to join the new space race to Mars.
On January 6, 2014, Musk’s SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket with a 3D-printed main oxidizer valve (MOV) body in one of the nine Merlin 1D engines.
The company said:
Compared with a traditionally cast part, a printed valve body has superior strength, ductility, and fracture resistance, with a lower variability in materials properties. The MOV body was printed in less than two days, compared with a typical castings cycle measured in months.
Three Ways to Join NASA in the Next-Gen 3D Printing Opportunity to Take US to the Next Frontier
Now, there is so much that can be done with 3D printing. Enter plasma.
Plasma is what you get when you add energy to gas. New plasma-based 3D printers allow for a larger variety of materials to be printed onto a wider variety of surfaces such as plastics, metals, glass, and wood.
It’s a major advance that will allow for 3D-printing of glass-based circuit boards and other key products necessary for smart devices powered by the Internet of Things. Think of a smart windshield that sends, receives, and processes data but is also a display.
It’s also useful in zero-gravity environments, where standard 3D printing is difficult. In fact, NASA is one of six early customers of Space Foundry’s new plasma-based 3D printers.
The space industry is currently estimated to be $360 billion and we are just starting our journey down Oregon Trail 2.0. Who knows how large the market will be once this new technology is applied?
So, how can you leverage this new industry, from an investment perspective?
- One way to play this is through Relativity Space, a company that makes 3D printed rockets. Relativity just raised $140 million in venture capital and probably won’t be coming public until the middle of next year at the earliest. At IPO Speculator, we follow these companies closely in order to participate in their IPOs. And I’ll let you know exactly when to get it in on this opportunity.
- You can get exposure now through an exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in companies that a generate a significant portion of their revenues from space-based enterprises. I recommend the Procure Space ETF (NYSE: UFO).
- Since UFO is fairly illiquid, another way you can also play this theme is through the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (BATS: ITA).
All will give you a leg up in what I’m calling the new space race.
Until next time,
Editor, IPO Speculator
Editor’s Note: As NASA pushes this technology full steam ahead, the Internet of Things is going to take off with it. Experts predict 50 billion devices will utilize this new technology by 2020. And early investors stand to reap tremendous rewards as its growth surges! Click here to get in on the action now before it soars.