How One Company Uses CAD to Plan the Martial Housing of the Future

Computer aided design is a priceless tool for architects and designers, one that allows them to create complex designs that will then be turned into houses, office buildings, and other useful things. Most CAD users create their plans with the intention of transforming them into reality as soon as possible. The organization known as RedWorks, however, is currently hard at work designing structures that it believes could one day be built when the human race begins to colonize Mars.

While talk of organizing a manned mission to Mars comes up every few years, the plans have yet to get past the discussion stage. Despite this, RedWorks has gathered a team of aerospace engineers, geologists, and other highly trained professionals in order to create a comprehensive proposal for how humans could built livable habitats on Mars. They even have a suggestion for building material: Use 3D printers to manufacture partially subterranean structures from the Martian dirt.

When designing their proposed Martian habitats, RedWorks looked at everything from Mesoamerican pueblos to nautilus shells for inspiration. Taking what we know about the surface of the planet into account, RedWorks’ designers propose using existing geological structures such as lava tubes, craters, and crevasses as the starting points for underground living spaces. The group has also developed algorithms for 3D printers which would then transform surface dirt, fossae, and rock into domed buildings that would stretch several stories underground.

Life on Mars?

According to RedWorks’ working designs, buildings on Mars would have an above ground domed section that would serve as a shield against radiation and the elements, as well as an airlock door similar to those found on spacecraft. Underneath the top section, the buildings would stretch downward in a spiral pattern to encompass a total of three subterranean stories (in addition to the top story that sits above ground), each with rooms built in a space-maximizing parabolic shape inspired by pueblo houses.

Each level of the proposed structures would serve a specific purpose. The top story would be used to house engineering utilities, while the bottom story would hold waste processing facilities and environmental control systems, as well as emergency life support. The second and third stories would serve as a living and recreation area, and a geology and life sciences lab, respectively.

Given the level of planning and work that the organization has put into its plans, it’s clear that RedWorks takes the idea of human settlement on Mars very seriously. Thanks to advanced computer aided design software and 3D printing technology, the organization has been able to construct what appear to be usable plans for initial human settlement of a foreign celestial body. While missions to Mars are years or decades away, at best, RedWorks is seeing to it that the necessary long-term planning will have been completed long beforehand.

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