Who hasn’t dreamed of having their designs printed in space? To have bits that originated in your brain, floating 200 miles above the earth’s surface? Well, ok, maybe you haven’t, but you certainly will now! Especially when you consider that it is a real possibility thanks to the Print The Future contest from the National Space Society’s Enterprise In Space program.
The Enterprise In Space program, in partnership with Kepler Space Institute, Made In Space, Sketchfab, 3D Hubs, and Prairie Nanotechnology, has just launched their contest . The goal is to come up with new concepts in manufacturing in space. They’ve announced a long list of prizes including getting your item printed on the international space station, and tours at the Johnson Space Center.
- Your item printed in space, onboard the international space station
- Up to three test prints on earth in the Made In Space facilities
- Scientific evaluation via nano-microscopy at Prairie Nanotechnology (if required)
- Results paper published in Ad Astra Magazine
- Scholarships for up to three people from Kepler Space Institute ($5000) to be applied towards a full certificate program
To see all the available prizes for finalists and entrants (a considerably long list ), go to the prize page.
To enter, sign up on the registration page and pay the $20 fee per team member. Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive a welcome letter, along with a personal account to the EIS Academy, providing Sketchfab registration information and further instructions. Through the EIS Academy, participating teams will have to submit a written description detailing their project, of up to 1500 words, four diagrams and/or appendices and bibliographies.