Ares Infinite: Creating a 3D Printed Vernacular for an Evolving Research Station on Mars
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This thesis proposes the design of a habitat built on Mars. It speculates on the usage of 3D print technology as a construction method to address the extreme environmental conditions of the planet, as well as the changing architectural and programmatic demands of an ever evolving Martian research station. Collectively, our design inclinations for interplanetary habitation tend to be reminiscent of metal pods which are modular, prefabricated, and adaptable. Although these designs are effective in places like on the International Space Station, Mars poses drastically different site conditions. Given its incredible distance from Earth, a developing Mars colony will need its architecture to be constructed using in-situ materials to relinquish dependence on materials sent from Earth. Furthermore, the Martian base will require its method of procurement to also be flexible and repeatable to suit the changing research needs and occupancy. 3D printing technology offers an ideal solution to these problems since this technology allows for a hands-off, and highly flexible construction method. This thesis will investigate the potential for an efficient evolution of a Mars habitat using 3D printing as a strategy; starting at the initial conception of the habitat as a temporary exploration outpost, then growing into a larger research station with a population comparable to those of the Antarctic research communities on Earth.
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Christopher Chan (2018). Ares Infinite: Creating a 3D Printed Vernacular for an Evolving Research Station on Mars. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/13269