DIYRockets partners with Sunglass to launch 3D-printed rocket engine design competition

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.

Read more: 3ders.org – DIYRockets partners with Sunglass to launch 3D-printed rocket engine design competition | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News.

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