November 28, 2012
Researchers use 3-D printer to make parts from moon rock
In 2010, researchers from NASA initiated discussion with Amit Bandyopadhyay from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, asking if their research team might be able to print 3-D objects from moon rock.
Because of the tremendous expense of space travel, researchers strive to limit what space ships have to carry. Establishment of a lunar or Martian outpost would require using the materials that are on hand for construction or repairs. That's where the 3-D fabrication technology might come in.
First demonstration on direct laser fabrication of lunar regolith parts
Type: Research paper
Author(s): Vamsi Krishna Balla, Luke B. Roberson, Gregory W. O'Connor, Steven Trigwell, Susmita Bose, Amit Bandyopadhyay
Source: Rapid Prototyping Journal Volume: 18 Issue: 6 2012
Related article from C/Net - 3D printer on moon or Mars could make tools from local rocks - Rocks on the moon or Mars could be used to print useful objects like tools or replacement parts.
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