Thursday, September 11, 2014

#BeamItUp: What Do You Want a 3-D Printer to Make in Space?

The 3-D printer is a demonstration project that's due to ride up into orbit aboard SpaceX's next Dragon cargo shipment, which is scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida no earlier than Sept. 19. Once the printer is installed, Made In Space will determine what to make as test items — and they're taking requests.

Detailed designs would be created on Earth and transmitted to the space station for 3-D printing in orbit. Kemmer compares the concept to a "Star Trek" transporter. "You almost literally just beam up the hardware," he said.

So what do you want to beam up?

WHAT TO SUBMIT

Your suggestion can involve anything ranging from a simple sentence to a professional engineering drawing. Images are encouraged with all submissions. The object should be easy to hold in one hand. Maximum size is 5 by 10 by 5 centimeters. The object will be made from 100 percent white plastic.

HOW TO SUBMIT

  • Tweet your idea with the hashtag #BeamItUp.
  • Post your idea publicly on Facebook with the hashtag #BeamItUp
  • You can post and like other ideas with the hashtag #BeamItUp on NBC News Science's Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/NBCNewsScience

HOW WILL SUBMISSIONS BE USED?

Made In Space is solely responsible for the selection and manufacturing of #BeamItUp objects. There is no guarantee that any idea will be selected or used. If an idea does begin to lead to an actual print aboard the space station, Made In Space says it will publicly announce the original submission and give credit to the submitter for the inspiration, on one or more of its online and social-media channels.

"This is not a contest," Kemmer emphasized. "This is an attempt to invite the public to participate in a historic event by means of crowdsourcing ideas."

HOW ABOUT THE DETAILS?

Made In Space laid out these conditions: "By submitting your idea you hereby grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Made In Space and its affiliates and partners, an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free and fully paid worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and perform, prepare derivative works of, incorporate into other works, and otherwise use your submission. You agree to irrevocably waive (and cause to be waived) any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to your submission."

For the official word, check out http://madeinspace.us/beamitup

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/beamitup-what-do-you-want-3-d-printer-make-space-n199661