The new project is led by the European Space Agency, examining how three-dimensional printing can be used to create and maintain shelter on the moon. Everything from building materials to solar panels, clothing equipment, and tools, and even nutrition and food ingredients can be printed in 3D. But if you travel to the moon, would you like to print 3D to turn the lunar base into a place that feels like home? Tell us your ideas to get a chance to print it.
The global space agency has focused on a lunar-based concept, the next step in human-space exploration – and three-dimensional printing is the key technology for making this happen.
The purpose will be to “live off this earth” as much as possible by printing such structures, items and spare parts of the lunar regolith as possible, or through the use and reuse of the materials brought for this purpose. Take on a mission instead of constantly relying on the costly transportation from the earth.
The printed in 3 dimensions will allow for the production of goods and accessories on demand, with the modification of the local materials available with the lunar base, which make the settlement far more self-sufficient and sustainable.
In 2013, the ESA project was introduced in principle by printing a 1,5 ton block of lunar regolith simulated with binding “ink”. Continuous efforts using focusing sunlight to sintering lunar brick, while at the same time demonstrate the possibility of using regolith as a material for “extrusion-deposition’’. The concept of 3D printing of living tissue for medical purposes is currently being explored.
Our latest project reviews everything needed to build, operate, and maintenance of a lunar base. How can 3D printing be responsive to these requirements? Materials, such as metals, plastics, concrete, and organic matter have been investigated.
But to focus on human factors, the project also wants to hear from you. What is the only item that you want 3D printing to store with you in the lunar home from home? Send your ideas by email to [email protected], including sketch and a brief explanation.
Winners will have their chosen items for real print – if technically possible – or 3D based printing based on a team study. The six candidates will receive a 3D printed space object.
The start date of this competition is July 20, 2018, and the closing date is September 23, 2018, which is open to all ages and nationalities. Two winners will be selected and one under the 18 category and one in the Adult category by the engineers of European Space Agency and the consortium members.
Supported by the main activity of ESA, the project “Create a Lunar Base with 3D Printing Technology” is managed by a German-led corporate-oriented OHB Systems AG, an expert in the powerful Comex environment in France, Austrian space design company Liquifer Systems Group and Spacecraft structures manufacturer sonaca space in Germany.