NASA’s 3D-printed Mars 2020 space habitat challenge had teams use modeling software to create a full-scale habitat design. They were scored on architectural layout, programming, efficient use of interior space, and the 3D-printing scalability as well as the constructability of the habitat. Teams also prepared short videos providing insight into their design as well as miniature 3D-printed models that came apart to showcase the interior design. Points were also earned for aesthetic representation and realism. The space agency aims to further the progression of sustainable shelters that will someday occupy the Moon, Mars or beyond by pushing citizen inventors to develop new technologies capable of additively manufacturing a habitat using indigenous resources with, or without, recyclable materials. Read more to see the three winners.
The Team Mars Incubator of New Haven, Connecticut, won third place in Phase 3: Level 4 in NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. This habitat consists of four spaces – a vestibule, a primary living space, a multi-use space and a bio-generation area for plant growth.
Team Zopherus, based in Rogers, Arkansas, is the second-place winner of Phase 3: Level 4 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. Their design includes using a moving printer that deploys rovers to retrieve local materials.
The SEArch+/Apis Cor team from New York took home first place in Phase 3: Level 4 in NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. They focused on regolith construction to provide radiation shielding and physical protection.