Community Information

What is it?

The NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program. It is being hosted by Bradley University in conjunction with Caterpillar Inc., Bechtel and Brick and Mortar Ventures. During this three-phase competition, teams are competing to develop technologies to build a habitat on Mars by using 3D printing technologies and mission recycled materials as well as local indigenous materials.


Teams from around the world will compete in the final level of the Phase 3 Challenge,April 29 - May 4, 2019, at the Caterpillar Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center.

How can I attend?


The goal of this program is to advance critical systems needed for human space exploration to Mars and deeper into the solar system than ever before. There are Earthbound impacts too, including potentially revolutionizing the way construction is done. This technology could be used in third world countries or locations difficult to reach. Printers could be taken to remote areas and sustainable habitats could be printed within days.

How does it benefit our community?

The 3D-Printed Habitat NASA Centennial Challenge provides an unparalleled opportunity for Bradley’s students and faculty to network, create relationships with mentors and explore new ideas as they partner in creating solutions for our world and beyond. Real-world learning opportunities like this position students to develop new, innovative and disruptive ideas that could change the future while enhancing their overall educational experience.

The Peoria-area is home to Caterpillar's Global Research and Development Headquarters, which have been the hub of research and development at Caterpillar since 1962. Highly-trained engineers, scientists, technologists and experimental mechanics work on a nearly 800-acre campus that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. They're engineering the future of construction, mining and energy and transportation needs right here in central Illinois.

Hosting the program positions Bradley, Caterpillar and Peoria as a place where innovation thrives.

Who can compete?

Unfortunately, Bradley students are not eligible to compete because the University is hosting the competition. Teams can come from most anywhere but international teams are not eligible for the prize money.