NASA challenges, though small in cash, do have wider reach and response. But this time it is huge and in millions.
The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (America Makes) is offering $2.25 million to design and build a 3-D printed habitat on Mars and anywhere in the deep space exploration.
Part of the Centennial Challenges Program of NASA managed by Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge tests the skills of the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions.
The challenge will weigh the indigenous equipement, say on Mars, to replicate housing model on earth.
In the entry phase that runs through September 27 allows participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts for 3-D printing offers. The top 30 will be selected for a prize amount of $50,000 and they will be awarded at the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York.
Next, the competition takes you to two final levels — The Structural Member Competition (Level 1) on the fabrication technologies using planet-specific materials and recyclables.
The other one is On-Site Habitat Competition (Level 2) to design full-scale habitats using indigenous materials or indigenous materials combined with recyclables.
You can register from Sept. 26 and each prize carries $1.1 million prize amount. The Challenge organizer America Makes’ director Ralph Resnick says, “We believe that 3D printing/Additive Manufacturing has the power to fundamentally change the way people approach design and construction for habitats, both on earth and off, and we are excitedly awaiting submissions from all types of competitors.”
Earlier, NASA conducted similar challenge on mobility devices on Mars and several institutions followed in it including three teams from India.