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AI SpaceFactory wins NASA 3D printing habitat challenge

News International-French

15 May 2019

AI SpaceFactory was announced the 1st place winner out of over 60 challengers.

AI SpaceFactory wins NASA 3D printing habitat challenge

AI SpaceFactory wins NASA 3D printing habitat challenge

They were lauded for the automation of their print – completed with nearly no human assistance in 30 hours – as well as their innovative biopolymer basalt composite, a biodegradable and recyclable material derived from natural materials found on Mars. After withstanding NASA’s pressure, smoke, and impact testing, this material was found to be stronger and more durable than its concrete competitors.

Lex Akers, Dean of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology at Bradley University said:

“It’s light, and it’s strong, like an airplane. That’s going to be very important for these types of habitats”

After spending 2 years developing construction technologies for Mars, they plan to bring their space-driven technologies back to Earth this year. They plan to recycle the materials from MARSHA and re-use them to 3D print
TERA, the first-ever space-tech eco habitat on Earth.

David Malott, CEO and Founder of AI SpaceFactory said:

"We developed these technologies for Space, but they have the potential to transform the way we build on Earth. By using natural, biodegradable materials grown from crops, we could eliminate the building industry’s massive waste of unrecyclable concrete and restore our planet.”

The first building of its kind, TERA is expected to launch on Indiegogo this month and will be available to anyone wanting to experience what sustainable life might be like on Mars. It will emphasize the need for new, renewable construction technologies on this planet, while researching what’s needed to enable life on a new one.

AI SpaceFactory wins NASA 3D printing habitat challenge