Mar.9, 2013

Open source commercial space company DIYROCKETS and 3D-modeling software company Sunglass have announced the world's first open source competition to create 3D printed rocket engines, through collaborative design.

The open source rocket engines will serve the growing market for small payload delivery into low earth orbit and ultimately, become part of a propulsion system and vehicle to carry nano-satellites into space.

The is the first of many competitions that the two companies have planned to making space design open and collaborative. Utilizing Sunglass's cloud-based platform to visualize, collaborate, manage versions and exchange feedback on each design with team members and the public from anywhere on the globe, the contest aims to dramatically drive down design costs, while creating innovative technology for all types of space hardware and parts, ranging from space propulsion to space medical sensors.

Teams will have the freedom to work in a 3D design environment of their choice such as SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Rhino or CATIA, while syncing their project to the Sunglass cloud. And all designs must be open source.

Final designs will be due on June 1, 2013 and the winners will be announced on July 1. The judges includes legendary inventor, Dean Kamen, TED Senior Fellow and Crew Commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation, Angelo Vermeulen, American nuclear scientist and inventor, Taylor Wilson, and a panel of industry experts hailing from NASA, MIT, TED among others.

As the leading prize sponsor of the challenge, Sunglass will award a total of $10,000 in prizes for the winning designs, focusing on technical aspects as well as collaborative teamwork.

Shapeways will also be providing $500 in free 3D printing to help create each of the top two designs.

"We are excited to be working with Sunglass and Shapeways to harness the power of open sourcing, 3D printing and collaboration in the cloud, which will aid our efforts to rapidly advance space exploration," said Darlene Damm co-founder and co-president of DIYROCKETS. "As NASA's push towards private and public innovation finally comes to fruition and technology is now more affordable than ever, we see this as a greenfield opportunity to truly redefine space design and technology."

"Our goal at Sunglass is to help take the next amazing idea to production faster through global collaboration," said Nitin Rao, co-founder of Sunglass. "By joining forces with DIYROCKETS and Shapeways for the 3D Rocket Engine Design Challenge, we will be able to see a preview of the incredible impact that 3D printing and cloud collaboration will have in advancing aerospace technology."

Sign up for the DIYROCKETS and Sunglass 3D Rocket Engine Design Challenge here.

3D Printed Rocket Engine by RocketMoonlighting






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