May 16, 2020

How NASA's Mars 3D Printed Habitat Challenge can be applied to Earth

3D Printing
Nell Walker
2 min
How NASA's Mars 3D Printed Habitat Challenge can be applied to Earth
Last year, hundreds of aspiring architectural designers submitted concepts to NASA for its Mars 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, with 30 finalists being ju...

Last year, hundreds of aspiring architectural designers submitted concepts to NASA for its Mars 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, with 30 finalists being judged at the 2015 New York Maker Faire. The number was narrowed down to three, with cash prizes offered for the furthering of the teams’ respective projects, but one company – RedWorks – while not a winner, is determined to continue development of its habitat design.

It is based upon the buildings created by early humans out of natural materials, and is structured like a nautilus shell. The internal structure of the Mars shelter is a spiral which burrows into the ground, with different levels earmarked for different uses. The team is continuing to work on and tweak the structure, to ensure that it would be able to endure pressure of the ground around the lower levels and wind erosion against the upper level.

RedWorks is set to begin the testing of its Mars Habitat Spinoff technologies this year, which is the first phase of its Made for Mars programme, developing the existing habitat engineering for use in consumer applications. This is to fully utilise the advances the team has made and show how they can be applied to life on Earth as well as on Mars.

RedWorks firmly believes that 3D printing of large structures can be used to provide sustainable, affordable housing, and because the buildings are designed for an inhospitable landscape, they should prove extremely durable on Earth.

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May 10, 2021

Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Lion Electric |Smart Manufacturing | Sustainable Manufacturing | Electric Vehicles | Electric School Buses | Electric Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles | Sustainability | Technology | Freight | Transportation
Lion Electric announces its selection of Illinois to construct its all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicle manufacturing facility...

Who is Lion Electric?

Founded in 2008, Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric. 

Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.

The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers. 

It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”

Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois

Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.

Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation

As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.” 

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