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USTAR partner GrabCAD launches competition with NASA; USTAR Innovation Center offering 3D printer training for those wishing to enter

GrabCAD, a partner of the Utah Science and Technology Research Initiative (USTAR)’s Innovation Center, is accepting submissions for their NASA Challenge for human rated spacecraft 3D printing process animation now through Aug. 10. The grand prize for the competition is $3,000.

For the challenge, the Innovation Center, which is located in Clearfield, is offering interested participants free training for utilizing the Center’s Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D printer, which utilizes GrabCAD Print. The free training session will be held on July 30 at 9 a.m. Space is limited. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

As part of the NASA Challenge, the thermal protection and passive thermal system Technical Discipline Leads (TDL) at the Johnson Space Center are in need of a visual aide and short concept demonstration animation to address the existing technical gaps for future human exploration missions.

Utilizing GrabCAD, entries should show an envisioned automated manufacturing process using a robotic additive manufacturing method. The 3D rendering of the new concept should show the printing process of a spacecraft thermal protection heat shield and pressure vessel to help TDL convey the idea to NASA management, universities, and private companies for funding and partnership opportunities in this development endeavor.

The challenge is open to anyone interested in submitting a 3D printing process animation. To learn more about the challenge, visit grabcad.com.

To schedule a time to view the Innovation Center, please contact USTAR incubation enterprise director Wayne Bradshaw at wbradshaw@utah.gov.

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