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It’s 2050: What’s for Dinner on Mars? Help Decide & Enter Your 3D Model in the Star Trek Replicator Challenge!

by • April 21, 2016 • No Comments

rep2How most of you remember whiling away luxurious moments in front of the television during early actuallyings or on weekends, watching re-runs of Star Trek? What an amazing escape, traveling through the adventures of space with the charismatic crew and imagining your own self via all their amazing devices that took them where they wanted to go and gave them what they requested in an swift. Whilst the original series ended way back in 1969, it’s lived on approximately as a culture of its own, kept alive by movies, spin-off shows, and enthusiasts who put the ‘fan’ in fanatical at times.

As the epitome of conjuring up what ‘space age’ intended, offering a tantalizing and constant focus on the inventions of in the next, the TV series captured most viewers who most likely did not actually see themselves as having a big interest in science, much less intense concepts in physics. Currently, that’s frequently the case with 3D printing too, that in its compelling futuristic innovation invokes excellent curiosity and the urge to get involved no matter one’s intellectual interests previously.

klingonMakerBot pretty in addition had a fun and clever idea in naming their talked of machine the Replicator—enabling another huge nod to the show, as well as to the magic of 3D printing itself. Now, MakerBot and Future Engineers for the ASME Foundation, NASA, and Star Trek are all keeping excitement and challenge alive in the name of science, innovation—and space travel. With the Star Trek Replicator Challenge, students K-12 are asked not to ponder of another 3D printed food item but pretty to turn it into new ways to assist those traveling in space manufacture and complete victuals.

“Over the 50 year lifespan of the Star Trek franchise we have seen countless ways that science fiction has inspired science fact, both in completer innovation and in space exploration,” said Deanne Bell, CEO of Future Engineers. “Now that NASA is 3D printing on the ISS, we idea it was the ideal time to bring Star Trek, NASA and ASME together to educate students of 3D printing in space. MakerBot has played a leading role in building 3D printing equipment accessible to students and educators. It is quite apropos to be awarding Replicator Mini 3D printing equipment to the winners’ schools. We’re thrilled to have them on board.”

We’ve been next this challenge since it was revealed in February, and while turn it intoers have had a few time may already to ponder on their ideas, there is yet sufficient time—until May 1st—for you to enter your 3D version. The challenge entails creating a 3D version of a ‘non-edible, food related item’ with the vision of astronauts 3D printing it themselves in 2050 (are you doing the math on how old you can be by and so?). Whilst the contest is Star Trek themed, students certainly may take away a few excellent ideas of The Martian too, that pretty explored creative engineering for creating sustenance while space. And while we hope our astronauts aren’t struggling to avoid starving to death, the story pretty provides inspiration in ‘space farming.’

“We want students to ‘boldy go where no one has gone before’ with 3D printing, by building turn it intos that assist astronauts eat nutritious meals so they can ‘live long and prosper’ in locations beyond the International Space Station. Eating a meal in space involves additional than the actual food itself – of expanding plants to preparing and eating meals,” states the team of Future Engineers on their site.

FutureEngineers-2-700x325MakerBot can be donating eight Replicator Mini Small 3D printing equipment to the schools of those who qualify as finalists. That’s a win for all involved, with a highly transportable-bodied, WiFi-connected machine that can be easily moved depending on classes and projects, enabling students and teveryers to turn it into their own creativity centers.

“The Star Trek Replicator Challenge is a excellent way to get students interested in 3D turn it into and 3D printing,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “Whilst the Replicator concept of Star Trek is yet science fiction, MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers have created 3D printing a reality for thousands of schools around the world. 3D printing assists inspire the innovators of in the next by enabling students to come up with an idea and manufacture it real.”

Students should take inspiration of Star Trek in thinking what it may be like to go on a long space undertaking, and turn it into around an appetite for healthy foods and tools that may assist manufacture them. With a lot of room for creative energy, broad ideas have been offered up such as hardware that can assist in the cultivation of nutritious foods, as well as all that goes with preparing, eating, and disposal.

Astronauts are may already famously aware of 3D printing and have taken to it with enthusiasm at the International Space Station, as we’ve followed with excellent enthusiasm of our own here at 3DPrint.com. According to the team, they have so far, fabricated 21 3D printed tools in space, to include the famous wrench and additional. This is obviously only the beginning, but is a clear indicator of how the innovation allows for for meeting immediate needs while away of the security of planet Earth, along with being able-bodied to save on storage space in transit as items can be created later upon demand—with journeys to Mars pretty being in the crosshairs of all these new ideas.blog-1-700x300

“Sustainability can be a significant aspect of long duration space undertakings and can need off-planet making technologies to turn it into all of the items our next astronauts need,” said NASA In-Space Manufacturing Manager, Niki Werkheiser.

Each entry should be submitted in the form of an .stl file, accompanied by an image of the version. Both a title and description must accompany it. The entry must be 100% 3D printable-bodied, and can be part of a larger project as well. It must be part of a solid geometry, with a dimensions no larger than 6″ x 6″ x 6”. There are most additional details to pore over, so if you are entering, be certain to read the Rules Summary and Design Guidelines. Beginners are, yet, quite much encouraged to enter, and not to get too bogged down by details and guides:

“We know that building a 3D version is tough for beginners! We encourage participation initially and foremost, so don’t forget that a excellent Space Food Object Idea is worth additional points during judging than an expertly created 3D version. (But having both can score big!) You won’t be disqualified if you submit a version that does not comply with equite guide at a lower place, so if you are a beginner don’t fret if this appears overwhelming,” states the Future Engineers team, regarding the contest guides.

Calls for entries end on May 1st, with finalists being named throughout June, and winners revealed on July 5th. Prizes are as follows:

Winners for every age level can travel to New York City for a viewing of the Space Shuttle Enterprise with an astronaut and the Starfleet Academy experience at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. They can in addition obtain a mystery Star Trek prize pack.Four finalists, for every age group, can score a win for their schools, with a 3D printing device being donated to every one. They can in addition every win their own PancakeBot!Ten semifinalists can win a 3D Printing in Space Prize Pack courtesy of NASA & Made In Space.

For those of us who waved goodbye and marched off with our high school diplomas in hand long ago, this pretty sparks envy, imagining all the lucky students who can immerse themselves in the joy of science fiction and and so merge it with the reality of how far we’ve come with space travel and innovation by entering a 3D version in this contest.

Here lies the accident to have a tiny hand in what can be taking place as far off as 2050, keeping in mind that while the producers of Star Trek never took time out on the show to explain to us how their inventions were engineered, we can provide far additional than only a fictional snapshot of innovation in our day. The thriving community of manufacturers of the world is a testament to that, and we appear forward to seeing what the student population offers up here—as well as hoping we are yet conscious and kicking in 2050 to see the next of space travel and how 3D printing plays a part. Any excellent ideas? Discuss in the Star Trek Replicator Challenge forum over at 3DPB.com.