Friday, April 6, 2012


Contour crafting can be used to create concrete walls for houses. A USC research project looks into using the technology to build a settlement on the moon.
Wesley Fenlon
3D printing already shouts "it's the future!" with its ability to bring real object creation into the home. There's only one way 3D printing could be more amazing: if it happened in space. Researchers at the University of Southern California apparently agree, as they've created a visualization of what contour crafting will look like on the surface of the moon. USC won a NASA grant to work on their proposal for a "Contour Crafting Simulation Plan for Lunar Settlement Infrastructure Build Up."
USC's researchers are exploring how we could use contour crafting--aka large-scale architectural 3D printing--to build houses on the moon. Here's the coolest part: contour machines will use the moon's land to produce building materials, eliminating the need to haul thousands of pounds of building materials out of Earth's atmosphere.

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