Many of you recall Moon Express at Autodesk University. They are a privately funded commercial space company that was created to develop the resources of the Moon for the benefit of life on Earth and humanity's future in space.
Gonzalo Martinez is a Director of Strategic Research in the Office of the CTO. My favorite story about Gonzalo is about how he went up in a NASA airplane and flew in weightlessness armed with a 3D printer to prove that 3D printing could be done in zero gravity. Well Gonzalo has been working with Moon Express. Here's a video he shared.
This part was machined using Delcam FeatureCAM software on a Mori Seiki NTX 1000 SZM machining center at our location in San Francisco Pier 9. This part has some complex shapes in front and back that required 5 axis machining on the main spindle as well as the sub-spindle for the other side. Gonzalo did rotate the BW axis to -25 degrees.
The base of the part is close to a potato chip shape. You can see what I mean when I hold two of them base to base.
Then I give one a 90 degree twist with the bases still touching.
Fabrication for moon travel is alive in the lab.