Antimicrobial Space Challenge

The CREATE Education Project are over the moon to announce: We will be the European Partner for an international 'Antimicrobial Space challenge'. We ask for high school teams to design and prototype antimicrobial 3D printed solutions for space exploration use.


We are inviting high school students from all over the world to collaborate and find creative solutions with concepts, ideas and prototypes using a new generation of nanocomposites for antimicrobial 3D Printing to address some of the most challenging issues faced by NASA in the International Space Station for future long-term space missions.


Environments such as the International Space Station can nurture dangerous bacteria that can be harmful to humans, where already astronauts experience issues with reduced immune deficiency. Therefore, using antimicrobials that can be 3D printed, providing solutions such as medical devices or tools and parts for more engineering work. NASA has stated demand for the development of antimicrobial material, but with higher resistance, to meet their mechanical demands.


Tiamet3D currently develop 3D printing materials with NanoDiamond, an additive allowing conventional polymers (PLA) to acquire resistance, hardness and stiffness similar to that of metals. Our CREATE Education ambassador, Daniel Martinez at Copper 3D, develops a highly microbial nano-copper additive nano-composite for the additive manufacturing industry and 3D printing of Medical Applications with antimicrobial properties.

University of Nebraska Medical Centre has organised an annual Invent-a-Thon this year, working with NASA, and will be judged by some of our friends at 3D LifePrints:

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This challenge joins the two aspects, making an antimicrobial material that is antimicrobial and mechanically similar to metals. Using the latest technologies in high-end antimicrobial nanocomposites and 3D printing.

There are two innovation design categories for the competition:

  1. AntiMicrobial Medical Devices 
  2. AntiMicrobial Tools and Parts

You can enter individually or in teams of up to 4 people.

Submit your interest with the challenge here by October 7th.