AI SpaceFactory Builds 3D Printed Mars Prototype for NASA

TERA will be a futuristic terrestrial home for this planet – one that emphasizes the beauty of its natural environment. Unlike conventional buildings, it can be be harvested from the earth and returned to the earth.⠀ ⠀ Astronauts often talk about experiencing a profound appreciation of Earth when they look back at our Planet from Space, but we shouldn’t have to leave our Home in order to reach that realization. ⠀ ⠀ TERA was designed with this in mind, aiming to foster a deep appreciation for Earth while promoting a sustainable way of living on this Planet.⠀ Architecture and technology company AI SpaceFactory has completed the autonomous construction of MARSHA, a proposal for a Martian surface habitat for NASA. The 3D printed shelter is one of five finalists in an international competition to design and build a habitat for a crew of four astronauts on a mission to Mars. AI SpaceFactory formulated their own material – a “Martian polymer” that can be made from matter found or grown on the planet. Using state of the art robotics and their proprietary polymer, AI SpaceFactory is contending for the final top prize to print a sub-scale habitat in the third and final phase of the construction competition. The 1:3 scale prototype will be printed in front of a live audience at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, from April 29 to May 4. In five weeks, AI SpaceFactory progressed from basic tests to an autonomously-printed large-area slab validated by NASA in November 2018. Four weeks later the team successfully printed, in only 24 hours, a large cylinder designed to hold twelve-hundred gallons of water complete with prefabricated wall penetrations robotically placed and sealed “on the fly”.

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