These 3D-printed igloos could take us one step closer to life on the moon

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As NASA ramps up plans for lunar exploration, Bjarke Ingels Group releases a concept for moon habitats that can be 3D printed from Earth. Humans are going back to the moon. NASA has announced that a crewed mission will land on the moon by 2024, and that “ sustained lunar exploration ” will be possible by 2030. When these future moon explorers get there, they’ll need a place to stay. Read Full Story

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One day, you might live in a 3D-printed house

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Icon—a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—has built a 3D printer so large it can print the walls of a house in 24 hours. Later this year, in a remote part of Southern Mexico, 50 families will move into the world’s first 3D-printed community . And on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, six people who were formerly homeless will move into small 3D-printed homes this May. The two projects are the first large-scale proof that 3D printing technology could be a viable way to quickly build affordable housing. Read Full Story

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The race to 3D-print 4 million COVID-19 test swabs a week

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3D printing companies hope to help produce tens of millions of swabs for the American public. It’s a race against time. The country needs tens of millions of nasal swabs if it’s going to test enough people for COVID-19 to safely reopen the economy, but swabs are in short supply. A consortium of academics, medical workers, and manufacturers have joined forces to relieve the bottleneck through 3D printing. Read Full Story

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Makers are rushing to fight coronavirus with 3D printed face shields and test swabs

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3D printing is having a moment as a vital source of emergency medical supply creation. When Madiha Choksi, a research and learning technologies librarian at Columbia University, received a call for help from a doctor last week, she didn’t hesitate. Part of her job entails managing the school library’s 3D printing program, so she often gets requests from researchers and faculty members to print out different prototypes. On March 19, Peirre Elias, a Columbia University cardiology fellow, had an urgent ask: With the severe absence of PPE at hospitals, would she be able to 3D-print face shields? Read Full Story

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3D print your own hands-free door handles

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In order to limit how often people touch surfaces, designers are creating 3D printed add-ons to place around the house. Right now, you’re probably doing everything in your power not to touch shared surfaces. But some, like door handles, are virtually impossible to avoid. Here to make your life easier (and more sanitary) is “ hands-free architecture ,” an open platform for downloading and 3D printing designs that can help protect against COVID-19. Read Full Story

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NASA is building 4G internet on the moon, so future astronauts can call each other

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The agency has contracted with Nokia to bring cellular internet into space. NASA and Finnish telecommunications firm Nokia have announced plans to build a 4G cellular network on the moon. The system is on track to launch in 2022, giving future astronauts the ability to stream high-definition video even when they’re off-planet—and bringing a sustainable human presence on the moon a little bit closer. Read Full Story

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