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Ion Prototyping Lab + Nexus: Space Day

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Category: Academic Network, Aerospace, Community & Engagement, Corporate Innovators, Founders & Startups, Investors & Capital, Ion Activation Festival, Ion Prototyping Lab




May 19, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT


4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002


Join the Ion Prototyping Lab and Rice’s Nexus Lab for a day of space-related displays, discussions, and lab tours! The full schedule of events is listed below.


  • Axiom Space


  • Bart Womack, CEO, Eden Grow Systems (NASA Spinoff)



9:00 - 10:00 AM - Innovation Tours: IPL + Nexus tours will present visitors with an overview of the tools and capabilities in both the IPL and Nexus facilities and discuss the iterative design process and lessons learned in several interesting projects. (Located in IPL and Nexus)
1:00 - 2:00 PM - Space Discussion: This session will focus on the new commercial space market. Representatives with Axiom and Rice University will be talking about their projects/products followed by an informal discussion with the audience on challenges, lessons learned, and where they see the commercial space industry going in the next 20 years. (Located in Nexus)
3:00 - 5:00 PM - Hands-on Activity: During this hands-on session visitors will be able to learn about rapid prototyping tools (mainly 3D scanners and printers) and produce a small customized part. In addition, there will be a range of static exhibits showcasing interesting products/projects from the Houston area, as well as a range of industry experts, engineers, and entrepreneurs hanging around to answer questions, brainstorm ideas, and spur innovation. (Located in IPL)


Enter 4203 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to the red parking lot, located across the street from the Ion building.