Design Guidelines

3D Designs must be in STL or OBJ format (200mb Max File Size)

Naming convention for stl’s should be as follows:

[medical] or [tool] [group name] [location][devicename] e.g.


What is the Challenge?

Mankind is accelerating its exploration of space and the universe at an increasingly rapid pace. Manned habitations such as the International Space Station have been in existence for over 20 years now. We are on the cusp of starting to launch deep space exploration missions. However, there are many challenges to overcome related to prolonged existence in space stations and transport vehicles to ensure our pioneers are able to live and operate in clean and safe environments. Environments like the ISS can harbour and nuture dangerous bacteria that can be detrimental to humans, where already astronauts experience issues with reduced immune deficiency. A variety of potentially harmful coliforms are prevalent on the ISS.

Copper3D, an innovative Chilean 3D Printing material company, have developed an advanced nano-composite Anti-Microbial 3D printing filament. This material is suitable for the creation of medical devices and tooling that could be used to mitigate the risk to astronauts who are living and working in space. The potential application for this material is only just beginning to be realised. The Challenge is for participants to think, design and present ideas for medical devices and space tools that could benefit space travellers in their day to day lives in space.The medical devices will then be presented to a panel of judges.

Medical devices

This could include for example, a 3D printed Anti-microbial finger splint, a catheter, or another device that may be used in close contact with a person where the risk of infection is high.

Space tools

On-board 3D printers in space habitats offer many advantages, from reducing payload weights for rockets to reach orbit, to being able to rapidly manufacture or repair broken tools and parts.

This could include tools such as pistol-grips or harness fixings that require a high degree of strength.

Who is allowed to participate?

High school students in any part of the world.

How can I get involved?

Either register HERE or contact us HERE

When will this event happen?

The Invent-a-thon will be between the 21st to the 25th of October, 2019

Where will it happen?

The Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, but participants can also join remotely.

What happens during the 21-25 of October?

If you are in Nebraska, you are invited to come to the University of Nebraska facilities, design your project, have a tour of a lab, work on your presentations, and learn more from the project partners. If you are overseas, you are encouraged to work with your school colleagues to come up with innovative designs and present remotely to the judging panel.

What do I actually need to do?

You will be designing an answer to the questions posed during the week, in the form of a 3D model/design, which will then be 3D printed by the organisers and you will present to the judges.

Do I need to have 3D modelling or 3D printing experience?

It is advantageous, but not essential. Hopefully your teacher can also assist!

Who are the Judges?

The Judges will be experts in their fields from a variety of organisations, including NASA Nebraska, Copper3D, the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, the University of Nebraska and 3D LifePrints from the UK.

What can I win?

The winning groups will receive a customised plaque, and the potential for their designs to be analysed by NASA for further development.

What if I’m not in the USA?

We welcome all international high school teams from across the globe. If you are not in the USA please visit HERE for further information on timings and the process.

Guidelines for submission of video/3D model/Concept

Concept/Diagrams should be uploaded HERE clearing stating your group name

Each group must submit a 1-2 minute video and provide email link to info@antimicrobialspacechallenge.com where it will then be uploaded to a antimicrobialspacechallenge.com/submissions or upload directly HERE

MP4, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook videos are supported. Video should cover

Who is your group (inc location)
Which category– medical / tools your group have focused on
Name/Type of device you have chosen to design and why
Challenges faced
Drawing / 3D Model / 3D Print

Scoring criteria for submissions

Judging Panel to review all submissions and score based on the following criteria:

1. Innovativeness / Uniqueness
2. Appropriateness for use in space
3. Design quality
4. 3D Printability (Quality, time, amount of material)

Top 5 selected groups will be notified by 8PM Central European Time on the 21st of October via the lead email address provided with their time slot for presentation on the 24th of October.

Finalist Preparation of presentations

Notified finalists should prepare a 15 minute presentation for the Judging panel over Skype video. This could include a PowerPoint Presentation that contains details and images of the design.

Finalist Presentations to judging panel

Top 5 groups to give a 15 minute presentation over Skype Video to the Judging Panel (sharing screens if they wish to show a slide deck)

9AM CST – Finalist 1
9.30AM CST – Finalist 2
10AM CST – Finalist 3
10.30AM CST – Finalist 4
11AM CST – Finalist 5