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Spaceship EAC team explores lunar construction by 3D printing simulated Moon dust


A masters level student is working with a team at the European Space Agency’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Germany to explore the potential for 3D printing with materials readily available on the Moon to create a sustainable human presence.


In what the Swedish student describes as a “low-tech approach to a high-tech situation,” Billy Grundström is working with Spaceship EAC ‘s advanced manufacturing team to 3D print parts using simulated Moon dust – or to use its less fancy name, lunar regolith – and biomaterials to investigate the possibility of manufacturing construction items on the Moon’s surface. ESA has already developed a number of ways to utilise regolith, but this latest work focuses on further processing the material to increase its stability so that it may be used as a concrete substitute for building […]

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