Emerging Technology Center
Powered by AMT, the ETC highlights state-of-the-art and disruptive technologies. At IMTS 2022, the focus turns to the forward-thinking manufacturing efforts driving outer space projects for long-term presence on the moon and deep space exploration.
Visitors to the AMT ETC had the chance to:
- Walk through one section of a life-sized 3D printed lunar habitat
- Learn about the software used to design and print the habitat
- See a live additive cell printing and milling a prototype lunar habitat door
- View profiles of two future-facing projects: Rosie, (Saga.dk/projects, click on “Rosenberg”) a lunar habitat structure for research and lunar living; along with the Giant Magellan Telescope, the most powerful telescope on earth and the innovative ground-breaking work done in the building of it.
(ETC featured work by Ingersoll, Siemens, Saga, and Clinkenbeard.)
The Giant Magellan Telescope
The Giant Magellan Telescope is the largest Gregorian optical-infrared telescope in history. It will use seven of the world's largest mirrors to see farther into deep space than ever before. Pairing traditional manufacturing with design breakthroughs is advancing science in discovering the unknown.
- 4 times more powerful than the James Webb Telescope and 10 times the Hubble Space Telescope
- 368 sq m light collection area
- 320–25,000 nm wavelength range from optical to infrared
- Structure is 22 stories tall and 4,800 metric tons
Rosie: Additively Manufactured Habitat
A Lunar Habitat
Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc. was contracted by the Rosenberg Institute to print a full-scale lunar habitat, designed by SAGA Space Architects in 2022. This is one part of a 2.5 story habitat. The full structure has a functional interior to support residency on the moon.
The structure was printed as an ABS demo part with 20% carbon fiber. Ingersoll, and its parent company Camozzi Group, collaborated with SAGA to establish a design, materials, and print strategy.
The Ingersoll/Camozzi team printed the SAGA habitat on Europe's largest polymer printer – MasterPrint® – in under 20 hours.
Rosenberg Space Habitat
Designed by SAGA Space Architects of Denmark, under the auspices of Institut auf dem Rosenberg, Rosie is a space-optimized structure, consisting of 2.5 floors for a crew of 2 persons.
The structure is designed to serve as a temporary residence and workspace for space explorers. The floors and furniture are multi-functional, allowing for as many various activities as possible within the limited space.
SAGA, the Rosenberg Institute, Institut auf dem Rosenberg, and Ingersoll collaborated in the additive manufacturing of the habitat. This structure was printed in one piece in under 20 hours and is a scaled section of the 23-ft-tall unit planned for the moon.