NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

Sponsor: NASA, America Makes

Type: RFQ, multistage

Languages: English

Eligiblity: In order to be eligible to win the Prize, a team must be solely comprised of team members and Entity Members, as applicable, that are either (i) an individual that is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or (ii) an entity that is incorporated in and maintains a primary place of business in the United States.

Entrance Fee: None


15 July 2015 – Deadline to submit registration package

3 August 2015 – Submission deadline

Design Challenge:

NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.

The multi-phase 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, is designed to advance the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond.

The first phase of the competition runs through Sept. 27. This phase, a design competition, calls on participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts that take advantage of the unique capabilities 3-D printing offers. The top 30 submissions will be judged and a prize purse of $50,000 will be awarded at the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York.

The second phase of the competition is divided into two levels. The Structural Member Competition (Level 1) focuses on the fabrication technologies needed to manufacture structural components from a combination of indigenous materials and recyclables, or indigenous materials alone. The On-Site Habitat Competition (Level 2) challenges competitors to fabricate full-scale habitats using indigenous materials or indigenous materials combined with recyclables. Both levels open for registration Sept. 26, and each carries a $1.1 million prize.

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