3D printing home comforts for the Moon – what would you like?
31 July 2018
An ESA-led project asks, if you were heading to the Moon, what would you want to 3D print, to turn a lunar base into a place that feels like home?
Space agencies around the world are looking at a future lunar base as the next step in space exploration – 3D printing will play a huge part in this. 3D printing will allow for on-demand production of items and spares with a routine recycling of materials available on the base. Lunar settlement will become much more self-sustaining and sustainable, enabling explorers to “live off the land” as much as possible. Things like building materials, solar panels, equipment, tools, clothes and even food could be 3D printed.
ESA’s latest project looks at everything needed to construct, operate and maintain a lunar base; how can 3D printing be utilised? They are currently looking at using materials such as metals, plastics, concrete and organic substances. However, to take account of how humans fit into this process, ESA are looking to hear from you. What would be the one item you would like to have 3D printed to keep with you in a lunar home from home? Email your ideas to Lunar3Dprinting@esa.int, including a sketch and a short explanation.
The winners will have their chosen item printed for real – if technically possible – or else a 3D printed space object based on consortium research. Six runners up will receive a 3D printed space object.
The competition is open now and the closing date is 23 September 2018, which is open to all ages and nationalities. Two winners will be chosen, one in the under 18 category and one in the Adult category, by the consortium members and ESA engineers.
Video courtesy of ESA