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)

Matthias SPERL

Group Leader Granular Matter, German Aerospace Center (DLR)



President & Founder, Spartan Space



Senior Systems Engineer, LIQUIFER Systems Group

Antonella SGAMBATI

Human Spaceflight Senior System Engineer, OHB System


System Engineer for ALM, Sonaca Space GMBH

Team Germany

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