NASA has announced Phase 2 of its 3D-printed habitat challenge.
In Phase 1, design a construction which could be 3D printed using resources on Mars and competitions were challenged to dream up
NASA is offering $1.1 million in prize money in Phase 2 of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge for new ways to construct houses where future space explorers can live and work. The three-component competition asks citizen inventors to use easily available and recyclable materials for the raw material to print habitats.
Phase 2 is about building while Phase 1 was about architecture. It requests rivals to “show a recycling system that can create structural parts using terrestrial and space-based stuff and recyclables,” according to NASA’s Centennial Challenges site. Competitions in this period should construct a system that can in fact make the stuff needed to construct the constructions dreamed up in Phase 1.
Phase 2 competitors could develop a method to take the Martian ice and use a 3D printer to construct the ice into the sections needed to really make that layout.
Phase 2 focuses on the substance technologies needed to fabricate structural components from a mixture of indigenous materials and recyclables, or indigenous substances alone. NASA may use these technologies to construct shelters for future human explorers to Mars. On Earth, these same abilities may be used to create affordable housing where access to conventional building materials and abilities is restricted or wherever it truly is desired.
Three of Bradley University’s core values, “Innovation, collaboration and experiential learning, are at the heart of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge with Caterpillar and NASA, ” said Bradley University President Gary Roberts. “The challenge create relationships, provides an unparalleled opportunity for faculty and students to network and explore new ideas as they partner in creating solutions for our world and beyond.”
Registration for Phase 2 is now open; teams have until Jan. 31, 2017 to sign up. At ground facilities being proven by Caterpillar in Peoria the challenge will culminate in an earth contest in August 2017. Phase 3 will concentrate on manufacture of entire habitats. Phase 1 of the 3D- Printed Habitat Challenge, a design competition, was completed in 2015.