Three days left in NASA’s Mars Base design challenge

Do you think your design for a virtual Mars base is good enough to live in? Then you’ve got three days left to submit it to NASA.

That’s right, the 3D content sharing site Thingiverse from MakerBot Industries LLC is teaming up with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the MakerBot Mars Challenge.

The sustainable base by VFXBase. (Image courtesy MakerBot Thingiverse.)

The sustainable base by VFXBase. (Image courtesy MakerBot Thingiverse.)

There are already more than 100 submissions in the competition, which began May 30.

The first prize is a trip to Mars. No, just kidding. The first prize is a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

Mars Base Station System by positron18. (Via MakerBot Thingiverse.)

Mars Base Station System by positron18. (Via MakerBot Thingiverse.)

Of particular interest to OpenSim users is that Thingiverse content is generally Creative Commons licensed. That means that many of these models can be downloaded and imported into OpenSim grids — though they may have to be imported into Blender or another 3D modeling program first, to be converted to Collada or scaled down.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.