Will 3D-Printed Mars Habitats Be Made from Soil or Ice?

Published by , February 24, 2017 12:58 pm

(3Ders.org)  Mars has been the subject of a number of speculative 3D printing projects that are aiming to create human habitats there. Many experts in the fields of architecture, engineering, and space exploration seem to think that 3D printing could prove useful for constructing Mars habitats.
Last month, NASA unveiled the partially 3D printed Ice Dome, a Mars architecture concept that has been under development for several years. Behrokh Khoshnevis, an engineering professor at the University of Southern California, is working with NASA to develop a system for 3D printing habitats on Mars made of powder-like materials found on the planet. Khoshnevis seems to suggest that other 3D printed Mars habitat concepts—think the popular Ice Dome project—wouldn’t actually work. The Ice Dome proposes using large inflatable windows made of Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), something Khoshnevis thinks would be impossible.

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