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Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara launch contest to 3D print design aboard ISS – 3ders.org (blog)

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Jul 26, 2016 | By Tess

If you are a space enthusiast who has been next NASA led maker challenges and have been dreaming of having your own 3D printed turn it into made aboard the International Space Station you may now have another accident to. Electronics distributor Mouser Electronics has teamed up with engineer Grant Imahara, whom you can recognize of MythBusters and BattleBots, and retired Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who assistd as commander for the International Space Station (I.S.S.) to commence a brand new ISS 3D turn it into challenge.
Dedicated readers can remember that just months ago the I.S.S.’ on board 3D printing device maked its quite first tool in space, and subsequently made a student turn it intoed multitool, that was the product of a Future Engineer’s student turn it into challenge. This latest challenge, yet, is a bit broader in scope as it is geared towards college and university students, engineers, and makers and encourages members to include electrical components in their 3D printable turn it intos.

Col. Chris Hadfield
Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics said, “Imagine how amazing it may be to see your turn it into made in space. We are quite excited to present this one-of-a-kind contest. We hope our wide range of electronic components can enable folks to turn it into whatever their imagination sparks.”
Mouser Electronics’ ISS Design Challenge has been sponsored and organized in partnership with Intel, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Made in Space, Hackster, and MacroFab. As described, the challenge has in addition enlisted the assist of celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and astronaut Chris Hadfield, who became famous for his enjoyable social media presence while in space (not to mention the creator of the initially music video filmed in space!). Both Imahara and Hadfield can assist as guest judges for the contest’s entries.

Grant Imahara
If you ponder you have an thought for a 3D printed electronic tool that may benefit the astronauts aboard the I.S.S. and are interested in entering the maker challenge, there are a few things you should note. First, for the reason of the dimensions constraints of the I.S.S.’ 3D printing device, turn it intos must be contained inside a create volume of 14x10x10cm with a resolution of 0.15mm and 75 micron layer height. In terms of materials, you should plan for your turn it into to be made out of either ABS, HDPE, or PEI+PC polymers as they are the on the market materials aboard the I.S.S. For the part to be structurally sound, the challenge organizers suggest that turn it intos have a minimum wall thickness of 1mm, and they must not necessitate any assist structures.
For the electrical components, Mouser has listed a number of featured products which include Intel quark microcontrollers, Amphenol industrial connectors, high end sensors, and additional. Importantly, in turn it intoing your tool you must bear in mind that its electrical components cannot need external power of the space station and must be powered by either alkaline or coin cell batteries. Access to wifi through the tool should in addition not be necessary. And, while this goes without saying, turn it intos must be as safe as possible so as not to endanger the astronauts aboard the I.S.S.
Entries can be submitted through the turn it into challenge website until October 7, 2016. After that date the panel of judges can determine a winner, who can not just have their turn it into made in space, but can obtain a 3D printing device, and a consultation with Made in Space. Col. Hadfield expressed excitement for the project saying, “I’m honored to assist judge the complex work of brilliant engineering minds.” The I.S.S. 3D turn it into challenge is the latest series in Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together program.

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