20 Apr '12, 1pm

3D Printed Buildings Proposed For the Moon

3D Printed Buildings Proposed For the Moon

Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of California developed his Contour Crafting system of 3D printing of buildings for terrestrial purposes. It is a clever system that builds up buildings in layers much like conventional 3D additive printing but at a monster scale. We quoted him in 2007 saying "Your shoes, clothes and car are already made automatically, but your house is built by hand and it doesn't make sense." And that is on Planet Earth; imagine if you are talking about the Moon. © Contour Crafting Dr. Khoshnevis and his team have been thinking about this for a while; in 2005 they presented an earlier version to a conference. Like its earthbound counterparts, it involved constructing a gantry that moved in the x-y axis, building up layers in the z axis. That means that the whole mechanism has to be moved for each building, which might be tough on the moon. © Contour C...

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