The ASME Foundation and NASA present

THE Star Trek™ Replicator CHALLENGE

Challenge is now closed. Winners are presented below.

YOUR CHALLENGE IS TO DESIGN A NON-EDIBLE, FOOD RELATED OBJECT FOR ASTRONAUTS TO 3D PRINT IN THE YEAR 2050

Calling all Starfleet cadets! Star Trek and NASA want you to engineer the future of food in space. If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to create a digital 3D model of a non-edible, food-related item for astronauts to 3D print in the year 2050. We want students to 'boldy go where no one has gone before' with 3D printing, by making designs that help astronauts eat nutritious meals so they can 'live long and prosper' in locations beyond the International Space Station. Eating a meal in space involves more than the actual food itself - from growing plants to preparing and eating meals. There are many things to consider, so check out our Rules Summary and Design Guidelines prior to starting your design. We hope you're hungry for space innovation... Good Luck!

Challenge Launch Video

Pioneering Space Lesson

3D MODELING CONCEPTS

Judging criteria, dates & prizes:

We play by the rules! Make sure to review the contest rules and design guidelines prior to making your Space Food Object.

Program dates

Program Launch

16

February

Entries Close

01

May

Ten Semifinalists Announced

03

June

Four Finalists Announced

10

June

Finalist Interview

28

June

Winners Announced

05

July

JUDGING CRITERIA

JUNIOR CRITERIA

30

Points

Innovation and Creativity of the Non-Edible Space Food Object

30

Points

Design's Ability to Advance Human Space Exploration as a 3D Print

20

Points

Presentation skills: Ability to Communicate your Design

20

Points

Quality of the 3D Model and compliance with the DESIGN GUIDELINES (Refer to Junior Section)

TEEN CRITERIA

30

Points

Innovation and Creativity of the Non-Edible Space Food Object

30

Points

Design's Ability to Advance Human Space Exploration as a 3D Print

20

Points

Presentation skills: Ability to Communicate your Design

20

Points

Quality of the 3D Model and compliance with the DESIGN GUIDELINES (Refer to Teen Section)

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Future Engineers is an education platform that hosts and develops design challenges for young innovators. We are delighted to host the 3D Printing in Space Challenges powered by the ASME Foundation. On September 21st, NASA launched the first-ever Zero-G 3D Printer (built by Made In Space) to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-4. To celebrate the launch of this 'In Space Manufacturing' revolution, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and NASA partnered together to develop a series of 3D Space Challenges focused on solving real-world space exploration problems. Students can submit 3D models directly to the site for a chance to win out-of-this-world prizes!

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