on this occasion it was the that European Space Agency, which has released a press release which announces that one of his teams of researchers and scientists has managed to develop the technology needed to get brick-making through 3D printing with simulated solar dust using concentrated solar light , a technology that seems basic, or at least believe it from the ESA, to get create a permanent base on the moon .
as detail, let know you that for this work was made use of the solar furnace which was installed at the German Aerospace Center DLR (Cologne). Deepening a little more on the subject, let know you that this is no less than 147 curved mirrors that focus sunlight directly on a fixed-point capable of melting the soil grains. Unfortunately this solar oven has a problem, and is that the climate of Northern Europe is not always sunny by which, on many occasions, is to simulate the Sun with xenon lamps.
that gets developed a technology theoretically, in the absence of real evidence, capable of printing in 3D bricks on the moon.
as Advenit Makaya has commented an engineers of materials that has been commissioned to supervise all the work carried out by ESA:
take simulated lunar material and cook it in a solar oven. This was done in a 3D printers table baking of successive layers of 0.1 millimeters of lunar dust at 1,000 degrees celsius. We can complete a 20 x 10 x 3 cm brick to build in about five hours.
are looking for how to handle this effect, perhaps accelerating occasionally print speed so accumulates less heat inside the brick. But for now this project is a proof of concept, showing that such method of lunar construction is indeed feasible.
our demonstration took place under normal atmospheric conditions, but RegoLight (dedicated to the production of building materials ‘ site ‘ in future lunar missions) canvass bricks in Lunar conditions representative printing: vacuum and high temperature extremes.