How 3D Printers Could Build Futuristic Moon Colony
by Miriam Kramer, SPACE.com Staff Writer
Date: 01 February 2013 Time: 04:20 PM ET
In this artist's rendering, a 3D printing robot pours layer
after layer of hardened lunar dirt and dust onto an inflatable dome
shell, 3D printing a lunar base.
CREDIT: ESA/Foster + Partners
The technology behind 3D printing has allowed users to craft musical instruments and prosthetic limbs, and now European scientists are taking a serious look at printing their own moon base.
The European Space Agency (ESA) study is investigating how practical constructing a manned base on the moon only using 3D printing technology could be, given that it would rely primarily on lunar dirt for building materials.
"Terrestrial 3D printing technology has produced entire structures," Laurent Pambaguian, who heads the project for ESA, said in a statement. "Our industrial team investigated if it could similarly be employed to build a lunar habitat."
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