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The Mojave desert will be home to 3D-printed Martian colony bases – Digital Trends

by • August 7, 2016 • No Comments

We’ve heard of 3D printing being utilized to turn it into entire assemblings, and of 3D printing in space. But the two of them together? Not so much. Until now.
That’s the concept behind Mars City Design, an ambitious (to put it mildly) project that is seeking designers of around the world to come up with concepts for what a self-sustaining Mars colony can appear like. Participants include teams of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Ares Astronautics, and others.
The concepts of the 25 finalists include such one-of-a-kind projects as “Neurosynthesis,” that boasts a closed river process and actually an artificial waterfall; “Project Dandelion,” that uses the planet’s soil to provide sustainable oxygen and water; and “The Mars Living Machine,” that explores how extreme environments like Mars can assist shape architecture; one of others.
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Having raised $30,000 on Kickstarter (reportedly with the endorsement of Apollo 11 pilot Buzz Aldrin), the project can following see finalists refine their designs with the aid of aerospace engineers. From there, the plan is for the would-be space colonies to be 3D printed at full dimensions for testing in the Mojave abandon inside the following three years.
“What we are attempting to do in our workshop is to experiment,” project creator and self-proclaimed “Marschitect” Vera Mulyani told Digital Trends. “The gravity on Mars is various, so the density of the assembling materials can be various. It is not of an architectural project that only appears 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 now a days so that we can use it on Mars. Once we have that answer, we can improve our tools.”
If the thought of assembling a space colony in one of the many inhospitable places on planet Earth, en route to the stars, sounds a bit, well, crazy, it’s this kind of out-of-the-box considering that will ultimately assist the Mars colony dream take the giant leap into reality.

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