URBAN: Conceiving a Lunar Base Using 3D Printing Technologies

Thursday 4 October 2018, 12:00 – 13:00

Location: Bremen Conference Center – DLR Hall


Human exploration and permanent settlement on the Moon surface is the one of the most attractive and next logical goals in space.  The key to any sustainable presence in space is the ability to manufacture necessary structures and spares in situ and on demand reducing the cost, volume, and up-mass constraints that could prohibit launching everything needed for long-duration missions from Earth. Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been identified as having the potential to provide a number of sustainability advantages. These advantages include the generation of less waste during manufacturing; the capability to optimize geometries and create lightweight components that reduce material and energy consumption; the subsequent reduction in transportation in the supply chain; and inventory waste reduction due to the ability to create spare parts on-demand.

The topic of the event will be focused on Conceiving a Lunar Base Using 3D Printing Technologies via an interactive brainstorming session.

A keynote presentation will introduce the session. 4 tables will be established on 4 different topics (each with a rapporteur):

1) Permanent and long lasting items to be printed for Moon base

2) Print-on demand

3) Waste as resource

4) Additive manufacturing process feasibility from a lunar perspective.

Organized by:


Marco Berg

Head of Human Spaceflight & Exploration,

OHB System,








Advenit Makaya

Materials and Processes Section TEC-MSP,

European Space Agency (ESA),

The Netherlands

Full Bio

Advenit Makaya is an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at the European Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency. He supports the development of promising advanced materials and processes for space applications, in various fields which include surface treatments, joining technologies, additive manufacturing, advanced polymers and in-situ resource utilisation. Advenit previously worked  as a Lifing Technologist for Rolls-Royce plc in the U.K., performing structural analysis and lifing assessments of critical parts for large civil aircraft engines. Prior to this industrial experience, Advenit was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Nagoya, Japan, supported by the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. This research consisted of the development of a semi-solid synthesis process for bulk metallic glass matrix composites.  Advenit received a PhD in Materials Processing from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden, performing his thesis on the synthesis of porous metals and rapidly solidified metals. Advenit holds a MSc in Materials Processing from the Royal Institute of Technology and an Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France.


Matthias Sperl

Group Leader Granular Matter,

German Aerospace Center (DLR),



Full Bio
  • 2000: Diploma in Physics, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 2003: PhD, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 2004-2006: Postdoc, Duke University, Durham, USA
  • since 2007: Scientist, Institute for Materials Physics in Space, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany
  • 2008/9: Lectureship (Lehrauftrag), University of Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2009: Professor/Acting Chair (Lehrstuhlvertretung), University of Göttingen, Germany
  • since 2011: Group Leader Granular Matter, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany
  • since 2016: Professor for Physics of Granular Matter, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Germany


Peter Weiss

Space Department Manager,









Robert Davenport

Senior Systems Engineer,

LIQUIFER Systems Group,







Antonella Sgambati

Human Spaceflight Senior System Engineer,

OHB System,






Anna Daurskikh

System Engineer for ALM,

Sonaca Space GMBH,