The idea of 3D printing entire buildings was amazing enough but now according to reports from Phys.org the European Space Agency and London- based architecture firm Foster + Partners we may well be 3D printing self sustaining space bases on a lunar Surface.
At this stage they are only just exploring the feasibility of a 3D printed space base but even that is an amazing thought. One issue they are facing is finding building material. They have simulated moon dust combined with magnesium oxide and a “binding salt” to help the concoction settle properly. They believe the whole process is possible in the vacuum of space thanks to a crafty approach to extruding liquid on a lunar surface. Continue Reading →