As NASA launches (this morning) its InSight lander mission to study the Martian planetary interior and underground composition, 3D printing construction firm Apis Cor and architecture studios SEArch+ reveal they will participate in the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge contest, organized by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The main goal of the NASA competition is the promotion of additive technologies that are necessary to create an inhabited environment on Mars.
Taking into account the growth of the Earth’s population, by the next 2040 humanity will have to built the same amount of housing as it did during the previous 2,000 years. The population of the Earth is growing. Many scientists and inventors are already concerned with the question of how to act if one day the problem of overpopulation of the planet arises.
Printed test samples by Apis Cor
Mars is seen as one of the most suitable places where people can live in the future. But in order to realize the grandiose plan for the development and settlement of Mars, hundreds of accompanying tasks are to be solved – the flight of the colonizers, the delivery of building materials and earth cultures, the creation of a suitable habitat for man and much more.
Large private companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, have long been engaged in the issue of interplanetary travel and have made some progress in this field. As for the potential of building the first houses on Mars, work in this direction is just beginning.
“The solution presented by Apis Cor meets most of the competitive requirements. Nowadays we simultaneously work in two directions: developing a new solution for printing horizontal structures and special building mixtures for them. We already have a successful experience of printing houses on Earth – last year we printed the first house in Russia and want to move on. The NASA competition offers great opportunities for us. It’s not just a meeting with like-minded people or sharing knowledge and ideas. This is a chance to apply our experience outside the planet and contribute to the implementation of the mission to develop Mars.”
Nikita Chen-iun-tai, Apis Cor
3D printing is the best solution for building on Mars
In order for pioneers to live and work on the red planet, it is necessary to create an environment that is comfortable for a person. And additive technologies are considered today as the most appropriate way of producing objects, things and resources for creating such an environment.
When people land on Mars, certain conditions must be created there. This means that the construction on Mars should be organized so that it takes place with minimal human participation and usage of local materials. This is only possible if all construction equipment will be as automated as technically possible and ready to use local materials for printing.
Therefore, the main task of the “3D Printed Habitat Challenge” contest is to activate the development and demonstrate the capabilities of stand-alone construction machines capable of creating a human habitat on another planet – with 3D printing technology based on both processed and local building materials.