The company has invested in Planetary Resources via its new venture arm, the aptly titled 3D System Ventures, although its spokespeople have thus far remained mum on the precise size of its contribution.

The new partnership between Planetary Resources and 3D Systems establishes a confluence between two of the 21st century’s most exciting, cutting edge areas of scientific and technological development – space mining and 3D printing. In addition to its monetary investment 3D Systems will also be responsible for the fabrication of…