The 3D Printed Habitat Challenge is an effort by NASA, targeted towards designers, that aims to stimulate innovation in 3D printing solutions that could one day be crucial towards establishing a human colony on Mars.
The challenge requires designers to come up with designs capable of holding four astronauts as they undergo training for a mission to Mars. The first phase of the project requires applicants to submit designs that make use of cutting-edge architectural technology. The second phase calls for the development of technologies capable of harvesting local resources for use in construction processes.
While NASA has previously been willing to source ideas from the public and from experts in different fields, the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge is particularly exciting as it gives people the opportunity to contribute towards the expansion of human life beyond the Earth.