3D Printed Mars Shelter Design Could Be Approved

The 3D printing industry is still in its infancy but that has not stopped one company jumping forward into the future and planning there own 3D printed shelters for other planets including a Mars Shelter.

French firm Fabulous has designed a conceptual shelter, dubbed Sfero, that would be 3D-printed on the Red Planet using locally-available materials.

The designs are in response to NASA’s competition which is seeking new ideas for 3D printed Mars habitats.

The designs are in response to NASA’s competition which is seeking new ideas for 3D printed Mars habitats.

The Sfero resembles a mushroom type structure that would be partially buried under the surface of the planet with access to the main above ground habitat gained through a long corridor that contains an airlock.

There are 3 floors inside the pod with the upper floor resembling a mezzanine and measuring just 32 sq ft and used to grow food.

There are 3 floors inside the pod with the upper floor resembling a mezzanine and measuring just 32 sq ft and used to grow food.

The main floor at a size of 312 sq ft, will consist of the entrance and exit to the facility, a work area and the bathroom.

The lower floor, measuring 430 sq ft, will contain the sleeping quarters and all 3 floors will be accessible via a spiral staircase.

Fabulous have suggested that Mars’s own substrata could be used as raw material for many 3D printing projects and having an underground area as well as some kind of protective skin will greatly reduce the threat of solar radiation.

The firm hopes to test a prototype of the 3D printed Mars shelter in the Mojave desert in the coming years for the run up to the first Mars manned missions set for 2025 with Space X.

While this specific design is only on the drawing board, designs like this offer a clue as to what future colonization of planets might look like and just how easy it may be to construct colonies without expensive transport from earth.