|3D solar printer: CAD design
|Aelyn Chong Castro, Author
|ISU Individual Project
|Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2020
|1 online resource (65 p.) / col. ill.
|Includes bibliographical references
|Humans are trying to become an interplanetary species. By doing so, we have set our minds to colonize the Moon and Mars. But to get there first, we need to become less dependent on Earth by utilizing the natural resources of the targeted location. The 3D Solar Printer enables the use of resources found in abundances like the Sun energy and regolith to print components that can create habitats, furniture, and tools. The printed material can function as construction blocks enabling the building of habitats. The habitats will then provide shelter to astronauts from the hazardous foreign environment. This includes extreme temperature fluctuations, micrometers, solar radiation, and deep vacuum conditions. The process of printing the material is by using concentrated energy through a Fresnel lens to produce a strong beam that will be able to bound granular material together without melting it. The printing process is made layer by layer, in a structure that has x-, y-, and z- movement displacement, and a solar tracker system. The design was created using CAD software to be later built on a real-life.
|ISU program :
|Master of Space Studies
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