Every Friday, we pick 3 of the week’s most interesting stories from the world of 3d printing.
If you want to understand how cars, planes, buildings and military systems will be made in the years ahead, check out the stories below — some that we published and some from other sources.
1. Team at MIT Develops System to 3D Print Massive Homes and Buildings
A team at MIT has created a 3d printing system that can create building structures of "any size", which moves around its environment on its own using a tracked vehicle.
There have been a few other notable projects similar to this one in the past, including a widely discussed house that was 3d printed in under 24 hours in California. However, the difference between this MIT system and previous ones is its ability to construct building frames of much larger size.
2. Skanska Developing "Secretive" 3D Concrete Printing Technology
You can now add Skanska - one of the world's leading construction and project development firms - to the list of builders using 3d concrete printing.
And while many of the large scale structures around the world that have already been 3d printed are fascinating and sometimes practical, Skanska's development of the technology indicates a more serious commitment to having 3d printers create buildings from the world's top developers.
3. Scientists Developing System to 3D Print Bricks on the Moon
Scientists at ESA have successfully 3D printed bricks using simulated moondust and a solar furnace, an advance that could allow humans to build settlements on the Moon in the future.
"We took simulated lunar material and cooked it in a solar furnace," said Advenit Makaya, who is overseeing the project for European Space Agency (ESA).