We’ve talked about the potential for 3D printing on our past podcasts, as it’s a pretty awesome technology with some amazing potential. That potential may soon be harnessed if some architects known as Fosters and Partners get their way. They have an idea to build structures on the moon via 3D printing using regolith (moon dust) to make them sturdy enough for human habitation. The BBC has the details:
An inflatable structure would be transported from Earth, then covered with a shell built by 3D printers.
The printers, operated by robots, would use soil from the Moon, known as regolith, to build the layered cover.
The proposed site for the building is the southern pole of the Moon.
Now all we need to do is get back on the moon in the first place. But if someone wins the Google Lunar X Prize, we’ll have that step out of the way.