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Kids! Enter the Star Trek Replicator Challenge and 3D Design Food-Related Objects for Space in 2050!

by • February 17, 2016 • No Comments

The love of the science fiction genre can be lifelong, with most fans startning their declared
obsessions as early as preschool and elementary school. This obsession is not just harmless, it can prove to be quite educational, as young individuals start learning of science and innovation with the imagination reinforced by a love of all things science fiction. Yes, we are talking of the Star Wars and Star Trek series that never seem to go out of fashion. To reinforce that science fiction’s appeal extends to a place as timeless as outer space itself, the American Society for Mechanical Engineering Foundation (ASME) has teamed up with NASA and Star Trek to sponsor a fun and thematic 3D turn it into challenge aimed at US students grades K-12.


One of the aspects of outer space I have always discovered so absorbing is how astronauts eat. Due to zero gravity conditions, liquid does not pour, nor does cereal just sit in a bowl of milk eager to be devoured. All kinds of devices have been turn it intoed to accommodate the necessary requirements to remain satiated in outer space; there’s actually a special 3D printed glass that allows for an astronaut to have a proper drink of whiskey! But given that rules do not permit astronauts to drink alcohol in outer space, the usual focus of 3D turn it intoed food-related items in space is on utensils, and food expanding and delivery mechanisms. And guess what? This is in addition the theme of this Star Trek Replicator Challenge:

“If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to turn it into a digital 3D version of a non-edible, food-related item for astronauts to 3D print in the year 2050. 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.”


There quite is no end to the kinds of devices and machines that can assist astronauts eat nutritious meals, that is why this is an great educational theme for this 3D turn it into Challenge. After all, the great people on Star Trek have been building things in outer space for quite a few time with the trusty Replicator: what advantageous inspiration for your own 3D turn it intos?

rep2When it comes to rules, here are a few key things to store in mind. Each man can just manufacture one submission and no teams are allowed. Your submitted file must be in STL format with a maximum dimensions of 20MB. Images of your object must be submitted in JPG or JPEG format, with a maximum dimensions format of 500KB. Your food object must have a title (maximum of 20 characters), and a description of the object’s utility (maximum of 1000 characters.) Finally, submissions must be original, G-rated with no corporate logos, and you should in addition store it identity free. This means that your name, or a fewone else’s, should not look in text, title, 3D version, or image.

Got it? If you ponder you can follow those guidelines, and so you are aleager well on your way to developing your own 3D version of a 3D printable, non-edible, and food related object for outer space circa 2050. Be certain to in addition check out this 5-page PDF explaining Design Guidelines to manufacture certain that your submission can be accepted. The closing date is May 1, 2016 — giving you over two months to deplete and submit your turn it into. (Winners can be revealed July 5, 2016.)

Watch the at a lower place video to find out additional of the Challenge and prizes you can win. And may the Force (or Fork?) be with you as you print long and prosper! Doesn’t this sound like fun? Discuss in the Star Trek 3D Printing Challenge forum over at 3DPB.com.