NASA Opens $2M Phase 3 of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

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The challenge is being organized and hosted by NASA and Bradley University, in partnership with CaterpillarBechtel, and Brick & Mortar Ventures. Registration is open until February 15, 2018, and there is an early registration discount. The final competition/demonstration will be held April 29-May 4, 2019, at Caterpillar’s Edwards, Ill., proving grounds.

The $50,000 Phase 1 competition, which called for conceptual designs of 3D-printed habitats on the moon and Mars, yielded more than 200 submissions from design teams including Norman Foster’s firm Foster + Partners. Phase 2, with a prize of $1.1M, called for citizen inventors to actually manufacture structural members appropriate for future design and in situ fabrication of space-based habitats.

Now it’s time for Phase 3, with more prize money, more chances to win, and an opportunity to design a real Martian habitat and 3D print a scale model of the structure. The competition has two tracks: one using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to perform virtual design of the habitat, and a second that produces a physical component using 3D printing. Complete rules and registration may be found here.