The ASME Foundation and NASA present

THE Think Outside the Box CHALLENGE

THIS CHALLENGE IS CLOSED. WINNERS ARE PRESENTED BELOW!

Your challenge is to design a useful object for astronauts that expands or assembles

To celebrate the launch of BEAM, the first expandable habitat to the International Space Station, and the launch of AMF, the first commercial 3D printer in space, we are challenging students to think outside the box with 3D printing – literally. If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to design an object that assembles, telescopes, hinges, accordions, grows, or expands to become larger than the printing bounds of the AMF 3D printer (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.

Challenge Launch Video

3D MODELING CONCEPTS

Judging criteria, dates & prizes:

We play by the rules! Make sure to review the contest rules and design guidelines prior to making your Space Food Object.

Program dates

Program Launch

16

April

Entries Close

01

August

Ten Semifinalists Announced

08

September

Four Finalists Announced

20

September

Finalist Interview

29

September

Winners Announced

06

October

JUDGING CRITERIA

JUNIOR CRITERIA

25

Points

Innovation and Creativity of the Design

20

Points

Usefulness of the Object on the International Space Station

20

Points

Presentation Skills: Ability to Communicate the Design

20

Points

Quality of the 3D Model and compliance with the DESIGN GUIDELINES

15

Points

Object 3D prints smaller or equal to 14cm long x 10cm wide x 10 cm tall and assembles or expands to become larger than 14cm long x 10cm wide x 10cm tall in:

  • One direction/axis = +0 out of 15 points
  • Two directions/axes = +10 out of 15 points
  • Three directions/axes = +15 out of 15 points
TEEN CRITERIA

25

Points

Innovation and Creativity of the Design

20

Points

Usefulness of the Object on the International Space Station

20

Points

Presentation Skills: Ability to Communicate the Design

20

Points

Quality of the 3D Model and compliance with the DESIGN GUIDELINES

15

Points

Object 3D prints smaller or equal to 14cm long x 10cm wide x 10 cm tall and assembles or expands to become larger than 14cm long x 10cm wide x 10cm tall in:

  • One direction/axis = +0 out of 15 points
  • Two directions/axes = +10 out of 15 points
  • Three directions/axes = +15 out of 15 points

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An education program for
tomorrows innovators

Future Engineers is an education platform that hosts and develops design challenges for young innovators. We are delighted to host the 3D Printing in Space Challenges powered by the ASME Foundation. On September 21st, NASA launched the first-ever Zero-G 3D Printer (built by Made In Space) to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-4. To celebrate the launch of this 'In Space Manufacturing' revolution, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and NASA partnered together to develop a series of 3D Space Challenges focused on solving real-world space exploration problems. Students can submit 3D models directly to the site for a chance to win out-of-this-world prizes!

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