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Mars Habitat Designers RedWorks Will Test Earth-Based Manufacturing Products in 2016

by • January 11, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_redworks_logoLast May NASA launched their Mars 3D Printed Habitat Challenge which asked teams of designers, artists, engineers, rocket scientists and 3D printing technology experts of all over the world to create the initial off-world 3D printable settlement. There were hundreds of entries ranging of designs as diverse as ice structures, stone structures and underground habitats. After NASA scientists and engineers narrowed them down to thirty finalists they were invited to present their habitat concepts at the 2015 New York Maker Faire where they a few day settled on the top three designs.

RedWorks‘ aerospace engineer in residence Keegan Kirkpatrick told me in an interview which the concept for their habitat design was based on early human settlers’ use of effortless materials and shapes discovered in nature like a nautilus shell. While the Lancaster, California space and additive manufacturing company’s design ultimately did not win, it was yet one of the additional striking and innovative designs in the competition. And the company has committed themselves to go on to develop their technology, not just for the eventual goal of colonizing off-world moons, planets and asteroids, but in addition to adapt their technology for Earth-based applications.

Early concept for the RedWorks habitat.

Early concept for the RedWorks habitat.

The company is revealing this week which they are set to start testing the initial of their Mars Habitat Spinoff technologies in early 2016. These spinoff technologies tests are the initial phase of RedWorks Made for Mars program which is looking to develop a few of the Mars habitats engineering solutions for consumer applications and industrial uses. These newly developed products and technologies are meant to show the general public the most benefits which can evolve of technologies developed for space exploration and offer them space-rated solutions to Earth-based problems.

Among the areas which RedWorks believes their spinoff technologies will have obvious uses will be in the manufacturing of low-cost housing solutions as well as encouraging the development of environmentally friendly settlements. The technologies can in addition be modified
for uses as varied as erosion management, waste and refuse management, renewable energy production, water conservation, urban agriculture and local food production. And for the reason the technology was developed for use in typically inhospitable environments like Mars they will be incredibly efficient, durable and self-sustaining.

The RedWorks Mars habitat.

The RedWorks Mars habitat.

When the company was discovereded last year, their mission was a easy one: design the technology which may allow the create\ of habitats which will help humanity colonize other worlds. The goal is to develop basic settlement infrastructure which is highly adaptable and can be utilized on multiple types of planets and planetoids like moons or asteroids produced entirely of in-situ resources. The RedWorks habitats will be completely capable of providing self-sustaining the food, air, water and sanitation needs for up to four settlers for up to a year, as well as providing protection of of the elements and environments discovered on alien worlds.

All of the spinoff technologies of the Made for Mars program are based on lessons which the company learned while they were designing their Mars habitat, living systems and construction techniques. RedWorks is planning demonstrations of their initial Made for Mars spinoff product prototypes in early 2016. Additionally the company will go on to explore and expand on their existing Mars Habitat technology to create it available for future colonies on Mars, the Moon or even mining settlements on asteroids. And of course these future developments are expected to lead to their own set of new spin off technologies with Earth-based applications. Discuss this move by RedWorks in the 3D Printed Buildings forum on 3DPB.com.