News Feed Item
MakerBot and NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab Announce Thingiverse Mars Base Challenge Winners
|By Business Wire
|August 15, 2014 10:43 AM EDT
MakerBot and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory want to bring 3D printing
to the Red Planet! While Mars is not yet home to humans, 3D printing
using materials on Mars or resources brought from Earth would likely
help future Mars explorers survive. MakerBot and JPL teamed up to
challenge the 3D printing and design community to come up with designs
for a Thingiverse Mars Base that could theoretically support human life
on the Red Planet. 228 original designs were uploaded to Thingiverse.com,
MakerBot’s 3D design community for discovering, printing and sharing 3D
models. The enthusiasm behind these contributions was out of this world,
as detailed and scientific descriptions often accompanied the innovative
designs. All of the submitted designs were 3D printed on a MakerBot®
Replicator® 3D Printer and then reviewed by scientific and engineering
staff at JPL, who used their expert knowledge and experience to help
select the final three winners.
MakerBot and NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab held a Thingiverse Mars Base Challenge. Out of hundreds of entries submitted, the first place winner was Noah Hornberger's Queen B (Bioshielding) Mars Apartment. All of the winning and submitted Thingiverse Mars Base Challenge designs can be downloaded at http://www.thingiverse.com. (Photo: Business Wire)
Winning Mars Base Challenge Entries
First place prize goes to Thingiverse user Noah Hornberger’s Queen
B (Bioshielding) 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mars Apartment. Noah’s
solution approaches the harsh Mars climate without sacrificing the
comforts of home, with a structure designed to protect its inhabitants
from frigid temperatures and cosmic radiation. Noah chose to use the
tessellating hexagon shape as a form factor, due to its compactness and
modular potential. His description of the design includes radiation
shielding, an underground heated water insulator, and an air
purification system. Noah states, “This is quite a multifaceted
challenge. I have tried to think through the theory of my design as much
as possible and prove it with a printed model. I designed something that
I would feel happy living in for a few years (at least).”
Second place is awarded to Thingiverse user Valcrow’s Martian
Pyramid. This pyramid design focuses on multi-functional systems
that ensure limited resources are reused as much as possible, with
energy produced from a mirror-based solar collector. Valcrow describes
his Martian Pyramid as taking inspiration from the pyramids on Earth,
some of the most iconic, longest standing structures. Valcrow notes the
pyramid’s stable triangular geometry has proven its durability through
the ages in ancient buildings around the world and demonstrated its
weather resistance in tent and teepee designs. This model is intended to
be an architectural cutout view, where the generator room and water
storage areas are clear to the viewer.
Third place is awarded to Thingiverse user Chris Starr (Cstarrman)
for his Mars
Acropolis, which incorporates ancient Greek architectural
elements with modern research facility features. This futuristic
structure draws energy from solar panels, includes three massive
greenhouses, and is designed to ensure that limited resources are not
wasted. Chris created his solution by taking cues from the ancient Greek
Acropolis of Athens. The Mars Acropolis is a three-tiered structure. Its
outer wall serves as a protective barrier. It’s foundation is built atop
a mixture of soil from Earth and Mars. The habitat serves as a mass
research facility to explore and develop means for additional
colonization of the planet.
“We really loved seeing how the designs in the Mars Base Challenge were
often inspired by structures here on Earth that have withstood the
passage of time and harsh weather elements,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of
MakerBot. “It was challenging to select just three winners from the 228
entries. We were happy to have the experts from JPL on board to help
with the judging process, as they took this challenge very seriously.
Overall, this was a very inspiring challenge.”
JPL, in coordination with its Imagine Mars Project and IT Chief
Technology and Innovation Office, evaluated the designs based on
research done by participants about what it would take humans to survive
in the extreme environment on Mars, general feasibility, and design
thinking. MakerBot took those inputs into consideration, while testing
printability, replicability, and other 3D design aspects to select the
The first place winner of the MakerBot and NASA/JPL Thingiverse Mars
Base Challenge will receive a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer.
Second and third place winners will be awarded spools of MakerBot PLA
Filament. All of the Mars Base Challenge designs can be viewed,
downloaded and 3D printed from Thingiverse.com,
the world’s largest 3D printing community with more than 300,000 digital
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys
Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting
the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in
2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and
industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects,
designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of
Technology, Pasadena, Calif., manages NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
(MEP) on behalf of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. MEP’s Science
Goal 4 is preparation for human exploration. JPL is exploring 3D
printing for use in Mars and other space missions, as well as for
inspiring creativity, design thinking, and STEM literacy. Follow the
#JourneytoMars at mars.nasa.gov
Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20140815005318/en/
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
Sep. 25, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,489
Technology vendors and analysts are eager to paint a rosy picture of how wonderful IoT is and why your deployment will be great with the use of their products and services. While it is easy to showcase successful IoT solutions, identifying IoT systems that missed the mark or failed can often provide more in the way of key lessons learned.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst for IoT & Digital Supply Chain to Flatiron Strategies, will focus on how IoT de...
Sep. 25, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 949
SYS-CON Events announced today that China Unicom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom.
China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE F...
Sep. 25, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,677
SYS-CON Events announced today that Roundee / LinearHub will exhibit at the WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
LinearHub provides Roundee Service, a smart platform for enterprise video conferencing with enhanced features such as automatic recording and transcription service.
Slack users can integrate Roundee to their team via Slack’s App Directory, and '/roundee' command lets your video conference ...
Sep. 25, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,380
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Sep. 25, 2016 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,341
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls?
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this fra...
Sep. 25, 2016 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,459
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps.
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications.
In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
Sep. 25, 2016 02:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,701
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service.
In his session at 19th Cloud Exp...
Sep. 25, 2016 02:45 AM EDT Reads: 868
I'm a lonely sensor. I spend all day telling the world how I'm feeling, but none of the other sensors seem to care.
I want to be connected. I want to build relationships with other sensors to be more useful for my human. I want my human to understand that when my friends next door are too hot for a while, I'll soon be flaming. And when all my friends go outside without me, I may be left behind.
Don't just log my data; use the relationship graph.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Boyd, Engi...
Sep. 25, 2016 02:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,205
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
Sep. 25, 2016 12:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,035
SYS-CON Events announced today that Numerex Corp, a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) is a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company's solutions produce new revenue streams or create operating...
Sep. 25, 2016 12:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,928
While DevOps promises a better and tighter integration among an organization’s development and operation teams and transforms an application life cycle into a continual deployment, Chef and Azure together provides a speedy, cost-effective and highly scalable vehicle for realizing the business values of this transformation.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, a Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, will present a unique opportunity to witness how Chef and Azure work tog...
Sep. 25, 2016 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,592
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics.
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
Sep. 24, 2016 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,608
SYS-CON Events announced today that Secure Channels will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The bedrock of Secure Channels Technology is a uniquely modified and enhanced process based on superencipherment. Superencipherment is the process of encrypting an already encrypted message one or more times, either using the same or a different algorithm.
Sep. 24, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,430
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
Sep. 24, 2016 08:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,445