3D Printing Contest for - and in - the International Space Station

August 9, 2016 | 16:00
3D Printing Contest for - and in - the International Space Station
3D Printing Contest for - and in - the International Space Station
The imaginative ISS Design Challenge contest will result in the production of a new object, useful to astronauts on the International Space Station, which will be printed right on board the ISS. The winning object will combine both mechanical and electrical characteristics; it may be a tool for everyday life, an accessory specific to research or even something for rest and relaxation. It’s up to you to dream up something which will be useful or helpful for the astronauts!

The ISS is equipped with an additive production tool, AKA a 3D printer of plastic, capable of working in zero-gravity, designed by Made in Space. Like all 3D printers, the size, the precision and the type of printable materials are limited. The particular conditions on board the station impose constraints to which the printed objects must conform. There are more details on these aspects in this document.

The last date for submissions is the 7th October 2016; this leaves you a bit of time to document, think about, imagine and submit those ideas which you feel are most worthy of interest.
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This call is made to students, as well as engineers and manufacturers. The winner of the I.S.S. Challenge will receive a 3D printer and a consultation with Made In Space — specialists in manufacturing technology for use in space. The winner will also get the very rare satisfaction of seeing their imagined object printed in space aboard the ISS.
 
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