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1 posted on 02/03/2013 5:20:44 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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3D-Printing a Future Moon Base (Gallery)
http://www.space.com/19600-moon-base-concept-3d-printing-photos.html


2 posted on 02/03/2013 5:21:56 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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Ping.

/johnny

3 posted on 02/03/2013 5:26:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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There are currently concrete printers here on earth. They aren't small, and are still in development. But youtube has videos of them operating.

/johnny

4 posted on 02/03/2013 5:29:22 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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Lets put a man in orbit, then we’ll see if we can or will get back to the moon


5 posted on 02/03/2013 5:31:18 PM PST by The Louiswu (Torpedo the Constitution and full speed ahead!!!)
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So we can print GUNS from moon dust?? And 30 round mags? Lunar gun regulations are obviously needed!


7 posted on 02/03/2013 5:42:05 PM PST by zagger
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So why not here?
What would be relative cost to normal buildings and printed buildings?


8 posted on 02/03/2013 5:50:43 PM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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It can be done: Solar Sinter Project
9 posted on 02/03/2013 5:59:47 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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I doubt this will ever happen. It takes a city permit and occupancy permit, inspection, planning meetings and connection fees. Then we’re talking about state fees too.

There are just too many obstacles.


17 posted on 02/03/2013 8:26:00 PM PST by lurk
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Such on-demand fabrication would allow astronauts to repair broken parts, manufacture spare ones and maybe even build structures, all out of the dirt scooped from under their boots.

Why make astronauts dirty their hands -- or boots? Just design robot ships and robot printers that will be sent ahead of the astronauts to mine the regolith and "print" giant luxury resorts for the humans.

Granted, I am not familiar with all the technological issues involved in doing such a thing, and it may be a rather simplistic view of things, but 3D printing already seems like such a gobsmackingly fantastic and futuristic thing (yet, "engineers have shown that the technology is close to becoming reality"), designing robotic factories to mine and process regolith strikes me as child's play in comparison.

18 posted on 02/03/2013 10:44:06 PM PST by LibWhacker
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