Thursday, 29 November 2012

Rocks on Moon: Use to Make Parts w/ 3-D Printer?

Could Astronauts Use a 3-D Printer to Make Parts from Moon Rocks?

ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2012) — Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful -- like a needed wrench or replacement part.

Full moon in the darkness of the night sky. It is patterned with a mix of light-tone regions and darker, irregular blotches, and scattered with varying sizes of impact craters, circles surrounded by out-thrown rays of bright ejecta.
Full moon as seen from Earth's northern hemisphere
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"It sounds like science fiction, but now it's really possible," says Amit Bandyopadhyay, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.

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