NASA’s $2.25m prize for 3D printed ideas may be enough to fund many useful projects
Multi-phase 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, NASA is making headlines across the world. This is a competition that worldâ€™s foremost space agency is launching to explore as to how to create a sustainable habitat.
NASA is offering big time money for the winner. The massive prize money of $2.25 million will prompt many people to come and try their hands to design a habitat for deep space exploration that is also 3D printable.
For this purpose the US space agency has aligned with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute and this organization will be responsible for organizing this very lucrative competition. The space giant wants to get some new and great ideas for additive construction technology that may be used in coming out with housing solutions for not only Earth, but in places like Mars etc.
Reports suggest that this competition has been made into two parts with two different phases. The first stage will have prizes to the tune of $50000, while the second phase which is further divided into two different levels will award winners $1.1 million each.
There is no denying the fact that being able to create shelter using indigenous materials and also waste from the spacecraft is considered invaluable. Using the concepts it derives through this competition, NASA wants to be able to deploy habitat-manufacturing machines to other worlds like Mars to prepare for the inevitable arrival of human explorers. While 3D printing materials for use on other worlds is an effecting way to create habitats, it can also be implemented on Earth itself. NASA plans to use the concepts to develop affordable housing solutions in remote locations which have limited access to building materials.
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