3D Printed Homes On Mars

September 14, 2015

Written By Tracy Staedter Via Discovery.com

Credit Fabulous http://www.fabulous.com.co/

Last week, NASA announced the top 30 finalists for their 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

The contest is meant to encourage innovation in the area of 3D-printing and to develop a shelter on Mars using local materials, such as Martian soil, or recycled materials from spacecraft.

There are several cool designs, but one team from France either didn’t submit their design on time or weren’t invited. (Inhabitat and Fabulous both claim that only American teams were allowed to apply, but I found no mention of that in the rules.)

Nonetheless, the Sfero Bubble House design from Fabulous is compelling. (They named it Sfero by combining the words “Sphere,” “Iron” and “Water.”)

Construction of the habitat would be begin with a long pole that would drill into the ground and from which two robotic arms would extend. One arm would suck up and sort material from the surface, while the other one would use the material to construct a dome overhead.

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