22 Apr '17, 8am

Dust from moon's or Mars' soil to use for #3dprinting

Can we use alien materials to one day survive in space? By Jon Gabay, contributing writer What if our 3D printers and replicators could use raw dust and materials from the moon, Mars, or other celestial bodies as we venture off our world into the vast expanses around us? It’s akin to the early adventurers looking out over the seemingly endless seas not knowing what lay ahead. A sailing ship’s store room and tools meant life in the unknown. At least they didn’t have to store oxygen. While food, air, and water are consumables and can be reclaimed at fair efficiencies, the need for raw supplies spans biological and non-biological realms. Not only are foodstuffs consumable, so, too, are tools, assemblies, electronics, and even wire, cable, and fiber optics. Imagine being able to manufacture a custom prosthetic in deep space using the material at hand from a local planetoid, as...

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