06 Oct '15, 11am

3-D Printed Ice House Wins Mars Habitat Award

3-D Printed Ice House Wins Mars Habitat Award

Mars has a low pressure atmosphere that is incredibly thin. When exposed to it, ice immediately sublimates, turning into a gas. The idea is to harness that gas, turn it back into water and then use a robot to spray layers of water, fiber and aerogel to create an outer ice shell that freezes immediately upon contact with the atmosphere. In addition to being translucent so light can come into the conical house, the ice walls protect against radiation. The outer ice shell is then coated in a membrane of Dyneema-reinforced EFTE plastic to prevent the ice from sublimating again.

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