NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge - Phase 3

Space—the thought of it, the race towards it—has inspired innovators, inventors and dreamers for generations. It's also led to technologies that have changed our lives.

NASA Centennial Challenges have been engaging the public in the process of advanced technology development since 2005. These exciting challenges have triggered an outpouring of creative solutions from academia, citizen inventors and small businesses for technologies such as lunar landers, space elevators, fuel-efficient aircraft and astronaut gloves.

NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge seeks to foster development of new technologies to additively manufacture a habitat using local indigenous materials with, or without, recyclable materials, in space and on Earth.

In other words, we want America's best and brightest to help us figure out how to build a house on Mars, using advanced 3D printing technology in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. Sound like something you'd see in a movie? Maybe. But, Mars is our next frontier. And the technologies we develop can have applications today, and help advance America's leadership in technology and innovation.

Schedule Overview

Regular registration closes (after this date, late registration rates apply, but teams can still join and compete) February 15, 2018  
Virtual Construction (BIM) Level 1 – submissions due May 16, 2018  
Construction Level 1 – electronic submissions due July 11, 2018 Results
Construction Level 1 – physical samples due July 25, 2018  
Construction Level 2 – late qualification submission deadline November 7, 2018  
Construction Level 2 – electronic submissions due December 5, 2018  
Construction Level 2 – physical samples due December 19, 2018 Results
Virtual Construction (BIM) Level 2 – submissions due January 16, 2019 Results
Construction Level 3 – late qualification submission deadline April 1, 2019  
Construction Printing Level 3 – on site competition - Peoria, Illinois April 29 – May 4, 2019  

Team Videos

Several teams have published videos of their efforts to compete in the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

Team Location Country Link
Mars Incubator Connecticut USA
AI. SpaceFactory New York, NY USA Watch Video
Team Zopherus Rogers, AR USA Watch Video
Northwestern University Evanston, IL USA Watch Video 1
Watch Video 2
Postech Design Intelligence Lab South Korea South Korea Watch Video
SEArch+ / Apis Cor New York, NY USA Watch Video
X-Arc San Antonio, TX USA Watch Video

Challenge Sponsors:

Bradley University logo

Caterpillar logo

Bechtel logo

Brick and Mortar Ventures logo

American Concrete Institute logo

Engineer Research and Development Center logo