Designs have been revealed for a building that can be set up on the Moon using 3D printing technology.
Devised by architects Fosters and Partners, the lunar residence would begin life as an inflatable structure sent from the Earth that once deployed could be strengthened in to a viable living space using components produced using 3D printers. Small robots would operate the devices using soil from the lunar surface to produce the materials. The resulting building would be able to house up to four astronauts.
"As a practice, we are used to designing for extreme climates on Earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials," said company partner Xavier De Kestelier. "It has been a fascinating and unique design process, which has been driven by the possibilities inherent in the material."
"Architects Fosters and Partners have revealed designs for a building on the Moon that could be constructed from material already on its surface."
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