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NASA and the ASME Challenge Students to ‘Think Outside the Box’ and 3D Design for Outer Space

by • April 18, 2016 • No Comments

asme_logoIt appears like there is no shortage of 3D create challenges and competitions these days. For a new innovation that is expanding in popularity, challenges seem like an excellent way for a company or organization to advertise and educate of its services. Meanwhile, individuals can display 3D create skills focused on a specific theme. And yes, there are excellent prizes, that can include printing vouchers, software packages, accessories, and the much desired 3D printing device itself. But we don’t hear of reward trips to Vegas as much, do we? NASA and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) have teamed up for a ‘Think Outside the Box’ Challenge focused on student createers. The challenge offers a Grand Prize of a trip to Las Vegas to see Bigelow Aerospace — the individuals responsible for innovation that has may already been placed on the International Space Station (ISS) — and visit NASA’s Additive Manufacturing Facility. How’s that for a one-of-a-kind opportunity?


Given that there’s a Vegas trip on the line here, it’s significant to understand of the ground rules of the challenge. The Future Engineers website, where you can sign up for the Challenge, explains that this Challenge celebrates the launching of both the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) and the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF). BEAM is an expandable habitat innovation that is first additional small in size as it is transported to space. The AMF, createed by Made in Space as a permanent 3D printing facility on the ISS, is a project we’ve been future closely since the early stages.

bigelowaerospace-logo-nav4-24bitSo, now that you understand what is so special of Las Vegas when it comes to 3D printing in space, who and what does NASA (and the ASME) want for the create Challenge?

“If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to create an object that assembles, telescopes, hinges, accordions, grows, or expands to become larger than the printing bounds of the AMF 3D printing device (14cm long x 10cm wide x 10cm tall). The assembled or expanded item should be useful for an astronaut living in microgravity on the International Space Station.”


The thought here is to manufacture certain that you create with space in mind. The quite great news is that the Challenge ends on August 1, 2016. That’s right. School is yet in session for another month, and if you are a student, you may be occupied with finals or the other amazing activities that accompany the end of the school year. But and so there’s summertime. If you were wondering how to spend your time during the slower summer months of June or July, now you can get occupied createing an awe-inspiring entry for the ‘Think Outside the Box’ Challenge.

In addition to the Grand Prize Vegas trip for top winners in the Junior and Teen categories, four finalists can win a Heimplanet Inflatable Tent, and ten semi-finalists can obtain $50 Shapeways certificates.

So students, there’s no excuse to sit around and wonder how you will spend a few portion of your summer break. Enter NASA and the ASME’s ‘Think Outside the Box’ Challenge and be the future young createer to offer a little slice of 3D printing to the amazing outer limits of space travel and habitation. Do you have a excellent thought for this contest? Let’s discuss in the 3D Printing NASA & ASME Challenge forum over at 3DPB.com.