printing to the moon

Last week at SXSW, design collaboration start-up, Sunglass, announced the DIY Rocket Challenge. The challenge is to design a 3D Printed rocket engine capable of taking a payload up to 20Kg into Low Earth Orbit.

All designs will be open sourced and made public. The winner of the $5,000 prize will be announced on July 1, 2013

Why I’m curious

3D printed rockets? This is so cool. As the boundaries of 3D printing are pushed by projects like these, this is a trend that is just getting started. It also raises some interesting governance issues; what are the legal and public safety ramifications of freely available rocket technology?

via Make Magazine


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