Category Archives: Dr. Advenit Makaya

ESA’s new 3D printer will defy build volume restraints as well as gravity

In January 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) and German technology group OHB SE launched a consortium to develop a large-scale 3D printer for use in zero-gravity conditions. Named the IMPERIAL Project, the consortium includes German aerospace company Sonaca Group, Portuguese 3D printer provider BEEVERYCREATIVE, and Ireland’s Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). In a recent interview for RTÉ Dr. Sean Lyons, Dean of […]

Interview: ESA and Lithoz take small steps toward 3D printing on the moon

The European Space Agency (ESA) has made new advances in its quest to 3D print in space using in-situ materials. In a partnership with Austrian ceramic 3D printing specialist Lithoz, ESA has demonstrated the ability to produce highly detailed spare parts, like screws and gears, from a lunar regolith simulant. Dr. Advenit Makaya, ESA Advanced Manufacturing […]

ESA’s Dr. Makaya discusses 3D printing on the Moon and Mars

Dr. Advenit Makaya is an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer in Materials and Processes at the European Space Agency (ESA). I caught up with Dr. Makaya in Barcelona to find out more. In his role at the ESA’s Parisian headquarters Dr. Makaya coordinates in-situ resource organization for the agency’s 3D printed Lunar and Martian regolith project. As such […]