We suggest that 3D printing offers potential as a universal constructing machine that may be programmed to construct any configuration of robotic mechanism. The most difficult components of such an end-to-end machine are the actuators and the controllers. To that end, we present initial progress in attempting to develop 3D-printable electric motors and electronic circuitry. Our specific application is in a lunar environment to manufacture lunar resources into a robotic infrastructure with productive capacity.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/CoASE.2015.7294218
Conference 11th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2015
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Ellery, A. (2015). Notes on extraterrestrial applications of 3D-printing with regard to self-replicating machines. Presented at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2015. doi:10.1109/CoASE.2015.7294218