The European Space Agency (ESA) posted 3 May 2017 an article about making 3D Bricks from a lunar Simulant.
3 May 2017
Bricks have been 3D printed out of simulated moondust using concentrated sunlight – proving in principle that future lunar colonists could one day use the same approach to build settlements on the Moon.
“We took simulated lunar material and cooked it in a solar furnace,” explains materials engineer Advenit Makaya, overseeing the project for ESA.
“This was done on a 3D printer table, to bake successive 0.1 mm layers of moondust at 1000°C. We can complete a 20 x 10 x 3 cm brick for building in around five hours.”
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Advenit adds: “Our demonstration took place in standard atmospheric conditions, but RegoLight will probe the printing of bricks in representative lunar conditions: vacuum and high-temperature extremes.”
- Title Multi-dome base being constructed
- Released 15/01/2013 12:00 pm
- Copyright ESA/Foster + Partners
- DescriptionMulti-dome lunar base being constructed, based on the 3D printing concept. Once assembled, the inflated domes are covered with a layer of 3D-printed lunar regolith by robots to help protect the occupants against space radiation and micrometeoroids.
- Id 286363
Five hours to make one brick sounds like a long time. Maybe if you sent in the robots and had them working on projects before humans landed the time would not be a problem. All part of things to consider in setting up a lunar base. Engineers should really enjoy making something like this work.
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