NASA has announced the completion of the initial printing stage of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, awarding Foster + Partners | Branch Technology and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks as the two top-scoring teams from this round. After Phase 1 of the competition (won by Clouds AO and SEArch) tasked architects and engineers from around the globe to imagine hypothetical concepts for the habitation of Mars, Phase 2 is challenging designers to manufacture actual, 3D-printed objects using techniques that could be employed to create shelters on a future mission to the red planet or beyond. The first of 3 sub-competitions within Phase 2, Level 1 consisted of the Compression Test Competition, which tasked teams with developing 3D-printable materials, utilizing a 3-D printer, and printing two samples: a truncated cone and a cylinder. Judges evaluated performance from lab test, and awarded each team points within several categories.
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