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With more than 300,000 votes cast throughout the eight-week competition, the Rosenberg Space Habitat was awarded the title of The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois by Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday March, 29 during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.
“Ingersoll is humbled by this recognition and proud to be in the company of these amazing manufacturing organizations. The Rosenberg Space Habitat is a current concept for humankinds first lunar colony and was printed on the large, Ingersoll MasterPrint® 3X platform. Our mission of advancing the possibilities of manufacturing and human exploration is a challenge we readily accept,” said Dr. Jeff Ahrstrom, CEO of Ingersoll Machine Tools. “Our 131-year history in Rockford demonstrates that the manufacturing challenges of today are the standards of tomorrow; Ingersoll will be there to meet those challenges and move American manufacturing forward. Thank you to our 200+ person team of machine tool professionals – you conceive, develop, and realize the challenging solutions manufacturers demand in space, air, land and sea.
The future of Illinois manufacturing is bright and the possibilities for Illinois manufacturers even brighter.”
Manufactured by Ingersoll Machine Tools in Rockford in collaboration with the Institut auf dem Rosenberg of Switzerland and SAGA Space Architects in Denmark, the habitat is a 3D printed polymer structure printed by Ingersoll Machine Tools' MasterPrint® 3D printer, designed to house humans on the moon. Built to house a crew of two people, the habitat is the world’s tallest single-piece 3D printed polymer structure, with a height of 23 feet but a thickness of only 5 millimeters.
Thanks to Ingersoll’s MasterPrint®, which is able to 3D print and mill extra-large composite parts in a single piece, engineers were able to experiment with a new design that traditional technologies could not execute. Each of the six 23-foot-high panels took 14 hours to print.
The moon habitat was designed, constructed, and installed all in 9 months!
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