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An Assessment of the Conditions Needed for 3D Printing A Village on the Moon

An Assessment of the Conditions Needed for 3D Printing A Village on the Moon

Written by David

November 24, 2018

For a few years now, the European Space Agency (ESA) has been talking seriously about building a habitable village on the moon , and 3D printing is a big part of that plan. Because construction supplies can’t be feasibly transported in a spaceship, building habitats on the moon would involve 3D printing them from materials found on the moon’s surface. In a paper entitled “ Additive Manufacturing for a Moon Village ,” a group of researchers examines the feasibility of 3D printing structures on the moon, and what 3D printing technologies might be used to do so. Five different structure concepts are presented in the paper: Spherical inflatable, a spherical pneumatic envelope with an interior structural cage to support the floors, walls and equipment Tuft-Pillow, a structural concept that consist of quilted inflatable pressurized tensile structures using fiber composites Lunar base cable structure in a crater, which would use […]

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