NASA has named the top three teams in the complete virtual construction phase of its 3D-printed habitat competition. the latest round saw teams create detailed virtual models of shelters designed specifically for life on mars, with the winners each claiming a share of US$100,000 ahead of the grand finale next month.
first launched in 2015, NASA’s 3D printed habitat challenge has invited teams from various areas to submit proposals for creating sustainable human habitats for use on the moon, mars and possibly beyond. since then, teams have developed their concepts through architectural renderings and virtual models, with the latest phase requiring teams to create fully fleshed out architectural layouts and the interior spaces.
videos by NASA’s marshall space flight center
the three winners of the most recent level of the contest were selected from a group of eleven team entries. taking top honors was the SEArch+/apis cor team from new york, which presented a twisted tower with trough-shaped ports on the sides and top. according to the team, its unique shape allowing for continuous reinforcement of the structure.