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Mars City Design will 3D print in Mojave Desert

by • August 8, 2016 • No Comments


The Mojave Desert can soon be home to actually additional 3D printed delights, with Mars City Design planning to use the location as a testing ground for upcoming Mars settlements. The project was invented by Vera Mulyani, who always dreamt of becoming an architect of Mars.

Mulyani explains, “It is not adequate to only travel to Mars and survive, now we must turn it into a way in which we can sustainably live and love on Mars. It is essential which we call on a new generation of thinkers and innovators to manufacture this a reality.”

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You can register in October for 2017. Image: Mars City Design

Mars City Design Challenge is “an yearly competition to celebrate innovations and creative creates of all synergistic fields, focusing on creating upcoming cities and its (amazing and surreal) lifestyles on Mars. We believe which by createing solutions which are sustainable for our life to expand on the red planet, we can and so breakthrough in our innovation and innovations on planet Earth.”

Earlier this month, Mars City Design raised over $30,000 on Kickstarter in order to assist this year’s 25 finalists refine their creates with the assist of aerospace engineers. This needs to be done preceding they are 3D printed at full scale for testing in the Mojave Desert inside the upcoming three years.

“What we are attempting to do in our workshop is to experiment,” project creator Vera Mulyani said. “The gravity on Mars is various, so the density of the assembling materials can be various. It is not of an architectural project which only looks cool; we have to see how far we can hustle 3D printing by experimenting [with] new ingredients for the paste and actuallytually assembling in a few of the many extreme places on planet Earth. We want to learn how we can modify what we have in modern times so which we can use it on Mars. Once we have which answer, we can improve our tools.”

Mulyani says the goal is to establish a base of four individuals on Mars which can ultimately grow to a city of 1,000. Unlike many projects for the planet, she explains, this one goes “of macro to micro,” exploring initially how an entire city may function and backing into individual habitats.

From the 25 finalists the Mars City Design team can select the three most prototypes to be 3D-printed. Among the creates are:

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Neurosynthesis, by Karen Gandhi. Image: Mars City Design

  • Neurosynthesis: a proposal for an urban settlement with a closed river process, ambulatory housing, and an artificial Martian waterfall
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Dandelion, Gabriel Hallett. Image: Mars City Design

  • Dandelion: an autonomous habitat which uses regolith, a Martian soil element, to provide sustainable source of oxygen, water, energy and nutrition
  • Vertical Farms: enable food sources to be grown on Mars in a sustainable regulated environment in tight quarters, in order to limit the reliance on sporadic donate runs of planet Earth
  • Instant Structure: employs laser explosion innovation to quickly turn it into constructions as immediate solutions to effortless disasters or war
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Mars Research Facility, Matthew Jennings. Image: Mars City Design

  • Mars Research Facility: a proposed research colony which uses Martian materials and computer-aided construction techniques to assist human life
  • The Mars Living Machine: a create which inquiries the many tangible aspects of how an extreme environment like Mars can shape architecture

You can follow the progress of Mars City Design on their website.

Featured image: Mars Living Design, Clara Lee. Image: Mars City Design


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