An Italian inventor has developed a machine that can build three-dimensional objects from sand and a binding agent. In other words, a pod you can send off-world and set to make something from nothing.
Enrico Dini's d_shape is a 3D printer with the capacity to do more than replicate a mug or even a body part: It can build entire buildings with almost no human intervention beyond the design phase, using little more than sand and d_shape's inorganic bonding material. Having proven the technology, Dini's eyeing a remote building site: the surface of the moon, which has an abundance of both space and raw building material — lunar dust. As such, Dini is currently exploring the options with the European Space Agency.