European Space Agency & Lithoz 3D-Print Experimental, Ceramic Parts from Moon Dust

Published by , November 23, 2018 1:44 pm

(3Ders.org) The European Space Agency (ESA) has been experimenting with 3D printing with lunar regolith (moon dust) for a few years and their most recent results are the most detailed parts produced from the cosmic material yet. The project is an effort to reduce the mass of anything in or on the rocket. ESA materials engineer Advenit Makaya reports, “These parts have the finest print resolution ever achieved with objects made of regolith simulant.
Austrian company Lithoz is responsible for the hi-res 3D prints. Their LCM (Lithography-based based Ceramic Manufacturing) technology is a twist on SLA 3D printing, where photopolymers mixed with compounds such as aluminum and zirconium oxide are cured by directed light, layer by layer. The parts are sintered in an oven afterward to harden.

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