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A 3D-printed data center is heading to the moon

Among the many technological innovations that benefit the AEC industry, 3D printing is something that redefines construction possibilities. It’s a sustainable, faster, cost-effective, and has found its use in projects around the world. Its ability to streamline complex construction processes is undeniable.

Recently, the architectural world was treated to another exciting news about 3D printing! Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), along with technology company Lonestar Data Holdings Inc unveiled a 3D-printed data center called “Freedom Payload” which is a storage device the size of a book and it is going to the moon!

First of a kind 3D printed device to go in space

Lonestar says this device is the first of its kind to go beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Using cutting-edge 3D printing technology, BIG crafted the device to resemble renowned NASA astronauts, Charles Duke and Nicole Stott. Heading for the lunar journey aboard a forthcoming lunar lander, this device is engineered to operate like a traditional hard drive, promising to revolutionize data storage capabilities in space.

The Freedom Payload will include data from governments, enterprise businesses, and prominent NGOs engaged in areas such as veteran affairs, human rights, and climate change.

BIG’s use of 3D printing seamlessly integrates both form and function, resulting in a resilient structure tailor-made capable of withstanding the harsh lunar environment. Beyond its practical applications, the device champions sustainable practices in space exploration, setting a precedent for future missions beyond the confines of our planet.

Talking about the device, Chris Stott, CEO of Lonestar said “Freedom is not just a data center; it’s a symbol for all humanity of what the future holds. Through this partnership with BIG, we’ve been able to embody our commitment to advancing human knowledge and protecting the data that drives our civilization.”

3D printing the world

3D printing is reshaping traditional manufacturing processes and making significant inroads into the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. We can see its use in structures like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and a school in Ukraine. 3D printing is pushing the boundaries of architectural design and construction methods, offering unparalleled creative possibilities and efficiency gains.

As 3D printing continues to evolve and expand its applications, its impact on the AEC industry is becoming increasingly pronounced. From reducing construction time and costs to enabling intricate and customizable designs, the potential of 3D printing in architecture and construction is boundless.

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