The 3D Printed House Made From Moondust
Sometimes you read stuff that you couldn’t make up – like 3D printing a house on the moon using moondust as the basic building material
Apparently the European Space Agency and Lord Norman Foster’s architectural practice are developing a way to do this.
Moondust goes by the name ‘Regolith’ it contains silicon, magnesium oxide, calcium, iron and aluminium.
When heated to near melting point in a process known as ‘sintering’, regolith fuses into a solid, quasi-ceramic, block which can be used for building.
Sintering can be done with microwaves of the same power as domestic microwave ovens.
Using a 3D printer and simulated regolith working in a vacuum, large structures have been created on earth.
NASA is working on getting 3D printers into space next year. The moon may get 3D printed housing before Earth does.