MacroFab and Mouser Electronics Launch the International Space Station Design Challenge

MacroFab Joins Mouser as Manufacturing Partner to Announce Groundbreaking Contest to 3D-Print Design Aboard International Space Station.
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2016 ISS Design Challenge
2016 ISS Design Challenge
HOUSTON - July 26, 2016 - PRLog -- MacroFab, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, officially kicks off the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Design Challenge to invite engineers, makers, and students to imagine and design new innovative products that can be made to assist astronauts with their daily lives onboard the International Space Station. Product designers and engineers worldwide are invited to imagine what new innovations can be developed to improve the work, health and quality of life of astronauts while completing their missions in space.

Product design submissions will be judged by a panel of space and electronics experts, including Grant Imahara (MythBusters and BattleBots) and former International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield. Three top designs will be fabricated and one final design will be selected to be 3D printed onboard the actual International Space Station. The final design winner 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.

The I.S.S. Design Challenge is hosted by Mouser Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, and is sponsored by two of Mouser's valued suppliers. MacroFab serves as the manufacturing partner for the contest and will be fabricating the electronic boards used to power the top designs and final design. The I.S.S. Design Challenge runs through October 7th, 2016.

"MacroFab's partnership with Mouser Electronics on the I.S.S. Design Challenge is a natural fit for us. We founded MacroFab to foster innovation by enabling inventors everywhere with the tools to solve complex problems through the development of new, smart devices. We're excited to help connect inventors with our astronauts in space and are proud supporters of the I.S.S. Design Challenge." ­– Chris Church, MacroFab CEO

About MacroFab
MacroFab is an on-demand manufacturing service with end-to-end operations solutions for inventors and small businesses. Our mission is to make it easier and faster for creators to bring new products to market. MacroFab's online platform seamlessly transforms product design files into prototypes and products that can be ordered instantly. MacroFab was founded in 2013 by serial tech entrepreneur Chris Church and is backed by TechStars and private investors. For more information, visit:

About Mouser Electronics
Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc., is part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Mouser is an award-winning authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers. features more than 4 million products online from more than 600 manufacturers. Mouser publishes multiple catalogs per year providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices. Mouser ships globally to over 500,000 customers in 170 countries from its 750,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

About Grant Imahara
Well known in the engineering community, Grant Imahara has paired his engineering expertise with a Hollywood TV and film career. In addition to his roles on MythBusters and BattleBots, Imahara is the inventor behind many famous robotic characters, including the Star Wars prequel-era R2-D2, talking robot sidekick Geoff Peterson from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and the rhythmic arms on the modern-day Energizer Bunny

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