Learn more on the NASA’s website: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/centennial_challenges/3DPHab/latest-updates-from-nasa-on-3d-printed-habitat-competition
The award for Virtual Construction Level 2 of the Challenge was awarded to SEArch+/Apis Cor Team for their proposal MARS X HOUSE. The design of MARS X HOUSE offers a robust and durable 3D-printed habitat using autonomous robotics and indigenous materials found natively on Mars.
Teams competing in NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge completed the latest level of the competition – complete virtual construction – and the top three were awarded a share of the $100,000 prize purse. This stage of the challenge required teams to create a full-scale habitat design, using modeling software. This level built upon an earlier stage that also required virtual modeling.
Eleven team entries were scored and awarded points based on architectural layout, programming, efficient use of interior space, and the 3D-printing scalability and constructability of the habitat. Teams also prepared short videos providing insight into their designs as well as miniature 3D-printed models that came apart to showcase the interior design. Points were also awarded for aesthetic representation and realism. After evaluation by a panel of judges, NASA and challenge partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, awarded the following teams:
SEArch+/Apis Cor – New York – $33,954.11
Zopherus – Rogers, Arkansas – $33,422.01
Mars Incubator – New Haven, Connecticut – $32,623.88