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March 7, 2013 AT 8:00 am

NASA wants to 3D print lunar base too, with giant NASA spider robots #3dthursday

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Perhaps I am susceptible to link-baiting, but I kept the title in place above from this fun 3ders.org article: lunar base + giant NASA spider robot = I gotta read more! And I was not disappointed. NASA is starting to become everything I dreamed it might be when I played with LEGO space vehicles in my backyard as a child. AWESOME:

Last month, the European Space Agency (ESA) was teaming up with its industrial partner renowned architects Foster + Partners to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil and to build a lunar base.

It seems that NASA has also got a similar idea: using existing resources on the moon to build those structures. Space architects Tomas Rousek, Katarina Eriksson and Dr. Ondrej Doule have unveiled their vision for a lunar module which shows the potential of 3D printing technology from NASA.

Both bases would be located near the Shackleton crater, close to the Moon’s south pole, where sunlight (and thus solar energy) is nearly constant, and both use lunar dust as basic building material. But NASA’s idea is slightly different.

Due to the unique properties of the lunar soil and the absence of anatmosphere, NASA’s modules would be constructed from lunar soil by microwave sintering and contour crafting making use of NASA JPL robotics system. The tech is called SinterHab….

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