Starting in 2009 The Engine Institute began working in collaboration with the Brown University Planetary Data Center to create a physical reference library of 3D printed tactile terrain maps, models of comets and asteroids as well as customized models for research or educational projects and for outreach to educational centers in New England. The models created are open source and have been tested for print ability on a variety of printers. At this site can be found numerous regions of Mars and the Moon.
The Red Planet: Going to Mars
The Engine Institute is excited to provide the 3D printed models by Dr. Seth Horowitz and the Northeast Planetary Data Center of the proposed landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover for the exhibit “The Red Planet: Going to Mars” at the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI. This exhibition is currently on display through October 29, 2017.
NASA’s 3D Resources
We are honored to be regular contributors to the NASA 3D Resources page, where more of our printable 3D models are listed.
Printing Space: Using 3D Printing of Digital Terrain Models in Geosciences Education and Research, a paper by Seth S. Horowitz and Peter H. Schultz is available on the NASA 3D Resources site page. This paper which covers materials and methods, software, 3D printers, printing materials and procedures and results and discussions, provides a approaches on how to made detailed 3D models of a terrains, craters as well as planets.
Geological Society Poster
President, Dr. Seth Horowitz with Dr. Peter Schultz of Brown University, presented a poster on 3D data visualization of planets and asteroids for enhanced student comprehension at the 2012 Geological Society of America’s annual meeting held in Charlotte, NC.
Asteroid Impacts and Cataclysmic Sounds
In “Hearing the Unheard” a “Sounding Out” series Guest Edited by Seth Horowitz, China Blue talks about asteroid impacts and cataclysmic sounds we might not survive hearing and her experiences recording simulated asteroid impacts at NASA’s Ames Vertical Gun Range. Read more here.
RISD Design Students Given a NASA Challenge
This interview by China Blue with Michael Lye, Industrial Designer, Senior Critic and NASA Coordinator at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and the presentation to the students by John Connolly, Systems Engineer, NASA, provides insight into some of the design problems students face in mapping out the interior of a spacecraft. Read more here.