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AI SpaceFactory wins second in Phase 3 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

Written by David

February 7, 2019

Phase 1 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge began in 2015 and we recently updated readers regarding the beginning of the Phase 3 On-Site Habitat Competition . There was a virtual stage before the actual construction stage, but the competitors are now in the final tests of the challenge and their achievements are impressive. AI SpaceFactory is one of the entrants and their habitat prototype was 3D printed with a “Martian polymer” that can be made from materials already on or from plants grown on the Red Planet. The New York-based architecture and technology firm received a prize of $88,353 after their autonomously 3D printed sub-scale habitat called MARSHA was selected by NASA as one of the five finalists in the competition. Unlike other challengers that used concrete-based materials, AI SpaceFactory formulated their basalt fiber-reinforced polylactic acid (PLA) polymer based on what would be available on Mars. They had their […]

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