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HexHab 3D Printed Mars Habitat
XArc selected as one of top 10 finalist in NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge
NASA has selected XArc's design for a planetary habitat as one of the top 10 concepts for a 3D printed Mars habitat. NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is a competition for teams to push the state of the art of additive construction to design and build sustainable shelters for humans to live on Mars. Eighteen teams submitted their designs and judges have selected the top 10 teams that will continue to compete for $100,000 in prize money that will be awarded to the top five teams.
The current stage (Phase 3: Level 1) of the multi-level contest challenges participants to prepare digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of a habitat on Mars using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software tools. The habitat must comprise a minimum of 1,000 square feet of living space to support four astronauts for one year and include plans for systems such as life support, mechanical and electrical, spacesuit and rover hatches, and plumbing. XArc's HexHab concept uses an end-to-end systems approach for the habitat construction.