Martian Pyramid

by Valcrow, published

Martian Pyramid by Valcrow Jun 10, 2014

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This thing is my entry for the Mars Base challenge.

The pyramid is one of the most iconic, long standing structures on earth, it's stable triangular geometry has proven itself through the ages in ancient buildings around the world and it's weather resistance in tent and teepee designs.

This design focuses on looping essential systems into as many multi-functional roles as possible to ensure that the very limited resources are used and reused as much as possible.

  • Food will be generated through a closed aquaponics system providing a diverse, sustainable food options for the crew in a relatively small space. Located at the top of the pyramid where most of the sunlight will hit, augmented with secondary rays from the solar collector.

  • Energy will be produced from a mirror based solar collector, which will provide heating to the base as a byproduct. The simplicity of mirrors could be manufactured on mars to add to the collector as time progresses. A small nuclear generator for early base development and backup.

  • Water is stored in a central location around the main power room to absorb and moderate the heat. It's placement also provides the crew convenient access to water and if power fails, gravity will still allow a sprinkler system to function throughout most of the base.

  • High traffic rooms all have ample natural martian light to help with the crews extended isolation and confinement.

  • Ample compartmentalized doors in-case of failure or atmospheric breach.

  • Rooms can be configured for various science, engineering, recreational tasks. Free free to print furniture to decorate!

*This is intended to be an architectural cutout view, which is why the generator room and water storage is open and no roofing.

You can have 1-3 crew sections that slide into place, see photos.

Based on the proportions of the Pyramid of Giza.

IMPORTANT - read print instructions or suffer potential stringpocalypse.


Refer to the image with print instructions (the exploded view one)

Special print instructions:

  1. Pick a base, there is one with a filled floor, and one without. (I printed without)

  2. Print the Base FIRST to obtain your scale, you should print as large as your buildplate allows. Scale @100% will get you a pyramid base of roughly 140 mm. Use that scale multiplier with the rest of the elements.

  3. The base and capstone should be printed WITHOUT fans. This is to prevent the side pillars from curling upwards.

Capstone should be printed slowly at the tip if possible, or slow overall. (20-35mm/s) or melting of the tip will occur.

Ensure retraction is ON.

My print settings:

Scale 1:1
216 degrees PLA white
40mm/s speed

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Misspelled "STORAGE" in 1 of the Pics

cosmic radiation shielding? It doesn't matter because it was a 3d print contest..

considering the volatile nature of the maritan atmosphere, i think it would be a good idea to provide more protection or a retraction mechanism for the solar panels / mirrors so that they can be stowed away during severe dust storms.

congrats on coming in second!

Thank you, fun challenge! A bit of a wait on the results though!

Any word on the contest results?

Nope, not me.. I checked their blog a few days ago, no mention of dates or winners yet. You heard anything?

not yet. I created a google alert and it just keeps picking up the original contest news aggregated around the web. guess we are all holding tight . . .

Very nice design.....how much time did it take to print with 1:1 ratio and did you print with or without support ?

Yes I printed 1:1 with no supports on any of the objects.
Took around 10 hours for the base at 0.15mm/s

Cool idea - nice presentation.