Perhaps you are getting tired of hearing about the 3D printing of buildings by now. After all, 3D printed construction has been in the news quite a bit over the past few weeks. One architect and civil engineer,Andrey Rudenko, believes that this is just the very beginning of what could be the start of an eventual construction industry based almost exclusively around 3D printing technology.
Rudenko, for those of you who have been living on the moon for the past year, is an engineer who has built his own $200,000 3D printer which is capable of printing large buildings. Back in August he showed the world that he wasn’t just throwing the idea around that buildings could actually be constructed using 3D printers, when he unveiled his 3D printed castle. Then earlier this week, he revealed to 3DPrint.com his plans to 3D print an entire house in just 5 days, and followed that up with unveiling plans to 3D print an entire village. He hopes that this village will be used for educational purposes and to train future construction workers, architects and engineers about the capabilities that 3D printing offers the industry.
Now, Rudenko tells 3DPrint.com that he also has more up his sleeve, with plans that take his 3D printer off the ground and out of Earth’s atmosphere to a place we are all familiar with: the moon. That’s right! Rudenko’s next conquest is on the moon.
“I am also working on a printer which will be able to print houses on the moon using dust, and this work on the printer for the moon helps me to improve my current 3D concrete house printer,” he tells 3DPrint.com.
Rudenko certainly would not be alone in his endeavor to create a 3D printer capable of printing moon bases for future space missions to the Earth’s only natural satellite. As we have reported in the past, other individuals and agencies are also researching the potential that 3D printing could have on the moon and on other un-Earthly destinations in Space. Back in December, we covered a story in which NASA has been testing the feasibility of such a project. In November, the European Space Agency released a video depicting a concept of 3D printing a base on the moon. … (read more)