Construction 3D Printing

SpaceX 3D prints building extension at Texas Starbase

Construction 3D printing youtube Jarrett Gross first to break story

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Construction 3D printing blogger Jarret Gross, who has collaborated with 3dpbm in the past, just published a new video where he exclusively reveals the first concrete 3D printed building by SpaceX, using Apis Cor technology. It is a rather basic addition to a SpaceX community building called The Hub but it’s at SpaceX’s Starbase facility so that does make it quite exciting.

Apis Cor recently revealed it is currently working on the first and only 3D printed home (project) to participate and win an award in a Space Coast Parade of Homes. Apis Cor designed Impreza as the inaugural 3D printed home to be built on the Space Coast. Honoring the foundation of the Aerospace, Technology and Defense industries based in this area. This project may have attracted SpaceX’s attention from the company’s Space Coast HQ in Hawthorne, California.

We do know that SpaceX has invested in Velo3D, and its metal 3D printers for rocket production, and that both NASA and the ESA have extensively tested construction 3D printing technologies for interplanetary construction. Until today, however, SpaceX had shown no interest in testing construction 3D printing for its Mars colonization projects. This relatively small development does not mean that Musk is considering 3D printing habitable structures on Mars but it does mean he and his teams are aware of the technology’s basic capabilities.

As some would say: a small step for SpaceX, and a giant step for construction 3D printing.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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