How Astronauts Will Use Mars Soil For 3D Printing on the Red Planet

NASA, SpaceX, and CNSA are working toward sending Astronauts to the red planet before 2040. If humans must explore Mars before the mid of the 21st century, we need to bring along other technologies to sustain humanity on the red planet. However, funding the transportation cost of every item that will be delivered on Mars will actually come with a price. But Space Agencies are looking at taking advantage of 3D printing Technology to ensure that astronauts meet their mission demands on the hostile environment of Mars. A recent study suggests that Mars soil will be used for 3D printing on the red planet.

How Astronauts Will Use Mars Soil for 3D Printing on the red planet

Amit Bandyopadhyay, a professor at the Washington State University School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and his research team recently conducted several tests using simulated crushed Martian regolith to prove that it had the potential of serving as 3D printing material on Mars. This recent discovery significantly made the future of crewed exploration on Mars to become more interesting than ever.

“In space, 3D printing is something that has to happen if we want to think of a manned mission because we really cannot carry everything from here,” Bandyopadhyay stated. “And if we forgot something, we cannot come back to get it.”

Based on the success of this experience, Martian Astronauts will significantly take advantage of the 3D printing technology to build more tools and exploration materials on Mars. With the possibility of using abundant Mars regolith as 3D printing material, space agencies will reduce their logistics costs for crewed missions to the red planet.

Keep in mind that the average distance between our home planet and Mars is around 140 million miles (225 million km). At this great distance, it will cost every space agency a great amount to transport cargo to the red planet. However, 3D printing technology will reduce this cost drastically.

What can we recreate on Mars using 3D printing Technology?

Several Scientific studies have proven that 3D printing Technology can make building colonies on Mars possible in the near future. On Mars, astronauts can use 3D printers to create the following technologies.

  1. Mars Domes. Mars is a hostile environment. If we must play safe, we must figure out to build highly protective domes to secure our Astronauts. Space agencies are looking at reaching Mars with inflatable domes. However, with this latest discovery, space agencies may consider building Martian habitats using 3D printers and Mars regolith, as the printing material.
  2. Working tools. Astronauts will see the need to replace their working tools from time to time. Instead of requesting a new set of tools from Earth, they can use 3d printers to recreate tools to continue exploring the Mars surface.
  3. Other items. Mars Astronauts will need to print several items to meet their day-to-day operations on Mars. These items can include worn-out machine parts and other technologies.

Conclusion

If we must use 3D printers on Mars, we must master how to use them effectively on Earth first. Currently, many space agencies are experimenting with 3D printing technology to see how they can use it in new space worlds like Mars. Once we master the processes involved in using 3D printers, our astronauts can build the impossible in the future. What do you think about building stuff on Mars using 3D printers?

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  1. This is great but knowledge is power.
    Here lies the problem. These two factors are not advanced enough. The first is Starship by SpaceX and the second proclaimed by NASA.
    Let’s start with the second first. Containment containment containment. Why 3 ? Because they’re here and we all know they heat up every now and then .
    Starship although massive is not really smart either. A 200 plus tonnes alone in the first stage and this is where it gets stupid. By simultaneously ignition of all 30 plus just makes a one cylinder engine. Kinda like turning on your showerhead and letting it pour. The range is highly unappealing and a waste of fuel. My rival in this is , the Parker Solar Probe just because it’s doing the right kind of numbers for us to visit the other celestial bodies. The question that eludes the entire industry except for me . I’ve been studying this for over 30 years now and had to wait on technology to advance and I’m sure that was also in the cards for Wernher Von Braun
    He realized that his own creation had room for improvement and that proof can be found in a simple picture. He’s standing with Walt Disney and with a Spaceplane in his hand .
    Here’s the problem with this 50 plus year gap between humanity’s progress and seen through most of many eyes, including yourself. We went from Rockets to Glider (STS program) and back to Rockets. That’s not forward thinking but a step backwards.
    A hybrid solution is the answer.
    We all talk about the manufacturing process of fuel and oxidation on other celestial bodies, none which talks about nuclear processing, so the ideal option is the fuel and oxidation readily available on other celestial bodies. Solution is a hybrid spacecraft aka Spaceplane because of it functions differs from the rocket. I hope I can leave a couple things here but I can only say so much . Have you heard of the Holy Trinity ? 3 hypercars and all are hybrids and when in full electric mode they are not so hyper or carry themselves for an extremely long range. This is a clue. But the rest is found here .
    https://t.co/l7MMVoWQYu
    https://youtu.be/0fYiNVRmOA4
    Riding a laser to Mars https://phys.org/news/2022-02-laser-mars.html
    I’m about fast , safe and reliable
    My motto..H.E.M.P
    Which stands for Human Evolution Making Progress

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