Mouser Electronics Inc., a leading global distributor of electronic components, today released a new video for the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Design Challenge, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program. In this new video, celebrity engineer Grant Imahara describes the first-of-its-kind global contest, in which participants create an object that can be 3D-printed aboard the I.S.S. Mouser is accepting entries for this incredible competition now through Oct. 7, 2016.
The I.S.S. Design Challenge is a call to college and university students, engineers, and makers, to create a 3D-printable project designed to help I.S.S. astronauts in space. All entries will be judged by Imahara and a former commander of the I.S.S.
“Like previous Empowering Innovation Together challenges, the I.S.S. Design Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for engineers of all levels to prove their genius,” said Imahara. “This contest adds the incredible elements of 3D printing and space!”
For the I.S.S. Design Challenge, Mouser has partnered with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Made In Space, along with Hackster and MacroFab. The winner of the I.S.S. Challenge will receive a 3D printer, a consultation with Made In Space — pioneers in additive manufacturing technology for use in the space environment — and the prestige of seeing their design 3D-printed aboard the I.S.S. Mouser’s valued supplier partner Amphenol is a co-sponsor of the program.
“This contest definitely kicks up the excitement level by challenging our customers to create something to be used in space,” said Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “Mouser’s unparalleled selection of electronic components allows both amateurs and professionals to create anything they can dream up.”
To learn more about the I.S.S. Design Challenge, view the video at https://youtu.be/j4FMRuZ_VRM.