NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, America Makes, have launched a $ 2.25 million competition, that challenges designers to construct habitat for deep space exploration.
May 21, 2015: The 3D Printed Habitat Challenge is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program and was launched to advance the additive construction technology in order to create sustainable housing solutions on earth and beyond.
The first phase will run through September 27 and calls on participants to design architectural concepts that can be brought to life with 3D printing technology. Out of the top 30 submission one winner will be awarded $ 50,000 at the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York.
The following second phase is divided into two levels. Level 1 focuses on the fabrication technologies and materials needed and Level 2 challenges competitors to actually create habitats in full scale. The winner of each of the two levels will receive a $ 1.1 million prize.
Sam Ortega, Centennial Challenges program manager: “The future possibilities for 3-D printing are inspiring, and the technology is extremely important to deep space exploration. This challenge definitely raises the bar from what we are currently capable of, and we are excited to see what the maker community does with it.”
Visit their website for more information on the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
September 17, 2015: Update – NASA announces Challenge’s finalists
At NYC Maker Faire taking place from September 26th to 27th, the 30 finalists will showcase their projects and winners will be announced.
You can take a closer look at all the finalists’ 3D printed habitat designs here.