UAF’s Lawlor earns NASA prize in Mars habitat contest

In a cramped workshop at his home near Fox, Orion Lawlor is working to develop the technology that could someday allow people to live on Mars.

Lawlor’s creations are modest — small plastic beams and thin, hollow cylinders that can be filled with powdered rock. But items like those, which are created by his one-of-a-kind 3-D printer, may eventually become the components for creating habitat in space...READ FULL ARTICLE on UAF NEWS >>

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Orion Lawlor uses a hydraulic press to measure the strength of a 3-D printed beam. The test is one of many the UAF associate professor of computer science is conducting as part of a competition to design habitat for space travelers.