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You’ve been invited to design a 3D-printed tool for the International Space Station – Digital Trends

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Have you dreamed of createing a 3D-printed tool for use by the astronauts on the International Space Station? Here is your accident. Mouser Electronics, along with electronics supplier Amphenol and innovation giant Intel, not long ago revealed the ISS Design Challenge. The contest gives college students, engineers, and makers the opportunity to create an object which can be printed on the International Space Station and utilized by the ISS astronauts.
The create has strict guidelines for the size, materials, and overall form which the item can take. The item must be tiny adequate which it can be printed by the ISS 3D printing device and must be comprised of the ABS, HDPE or PEI+PC materials which are assisted by the printing device. It in addition must have smooth edges to practuallyt the object of damaging the space station environment. Slip-fit and snap-fit creates are allowed, but the item must be a standalone object which does not need a assist structure.
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But the size and materials are limited, the program encourages every entrant to ponder creatively of what they are createing. The object can be a utility tool, a tool assisting research, or actually a thing which provides entertainment for the astronauts.
The use of electronics in the object is encouraged as long as it does not interfere with space station operations and can be powered by a coin cell or other tiny alkaline battery. Submitted projects can be judged by former Mythbuster and Mouser collaborator Grant Imahara and former ISS commander Chris Hadfield.
The contest is part of the Empowering Innovation Together program, a collaboration between electronics supplier Mouser and celebrity engineer Imahara. “I love which this first-of-its-kind contest allows for next engineers to create their confidence as a whole, and share in a global community of innovation,” Imahara said in a related statement. The contest is open now for submissions and the submissions period can close on October 7, 2016.

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