3D-Printing a Future Moon Base (Gallery)
Lets put a man in orbit, then we’ll see if we can or will get back to the moon
So we can print GUNS from moon dust?? And 30 round mags? Lunar gun regulations are obviously needed!
So why not here?
What would be relative cost to normal buildings and printed buildings?
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.
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.