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3D printing to pave the way for Moon colonization

Researchers prepared an extensive review on the use of Additive Manufacturing technologies in crewed lunar exploration. It contains a comprehensive description of the geological composition of the lunar surface and the properties of lunar soil (lunar regolith) and its simulants, detailing their mineralogy, morphology, and chemical composition in the light of their future use as feedstock for 3-D-printing on the moon surface.

Jan 22nd, 2021

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3D-printed smart gel changes shape when exposed to light

Inspired by the color-changing skin of cuttlefish, octopuses and squids, engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that changes shape when exposed to light, becomes 'artificial muscle' and may lead to new military camouflage, soft robotics and flexible displays.

Jan 5th, 2021

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