Can You Design a 3D Printed Rocket Engine to Send Nano-Satellites Into Space?

DIYROCKETS and have announced a partnership to launch the world’s first open source competition to create 3D printed rocket engines through collaborative design

The competition challenges makers, designers and space entrepreneurs to collaborate to create open source 3D printed rocket engine to serve the growing market for small payload delivery into low earth orbit.  The concept is for teams to work together to design and 3D model a working rocket engine in the software of their choice, using as a collaboration tool to edit and update the 3D model.

The first prize is $5000 cold hard cash and a student prize of $2500 along with 3D printing courtesy of Shapeways.

Check out the full competition details for judging criteria and rules (no sending puppies into orbit or nuclear power unless you have the correct permits)

Registration is open until April 6, 2013, 11:59 PM PST?  ?

First 3D Draft of Design due April13, 2013, 11:59 PM PST 

Concept Note due April 13, 2013, 11:59 PM PST

Business Case due June 1, 2013, 11:59 PM PST  

Final Design due June 1, 2013, 11:59 PM PST  

Winners announced by July 1, 2013 

DIYROCKETS is a global space company incorporated in 2012 to help humanity establish a civilization in space by lowering the cost of space exploration as much as possible by generating extremely low cost knowledge and space technology through opensourcing and crowdsourcing. A truly global endeavour, the project was founded by American Darlene Damm and Argentinian Diego Favarolo.

Sunglass is a cloud-based environment that enables global teams to design together as they build products of the future. Democratizing 3D design, Sunglass aims to be the fastest way for any design team to bring their product ideas to the world. Founded in May 2011, Sunglass is based out of San Francisco and New Delhi. 

Image above is the Pendant Rocket by modesty 


  1. Gregori Robinson

    We would like to design and produce a sustainable model for a BioDome to provide for the growing of food using Aquaponics and Permaculture. We estimate that a 16′ dome has the potential of providing food for a family of four.
    This would be an exceptional project for a Shapeway open source design competition. Food shortages is already a critical problem world wide and experts predict far worse conditions for the future.
    I would be honoured to work with you on this. I have yet to master 3D modeling, but do have a lifetime experience in art and design, including sculpting.

    Gregori Robinson1 613 267 6794

  2. MrNibbles

    For a second I thought it might be April 1st.

  3. The Cartographer

    You understand that if someone did create a 3d printable rocket engine it be worth a hell of a lot more than $7,500 right?

  4. Esteban Cafe

    Has anyone printed simple Estes solid fuel model rocket engine yet ?

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