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Check Out These Four Space-Themed 3D Printing Projects Inspired by NASA’s Juno Spacecraft from Wevolver

by • July 12, 2016 • No Comments

NASA's Juno spacecraft.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

On July 4th the Juno spacecraft which was launched by NASA back in 2011 that successfully settled into orbit around Jupiter where it is preparing to assist us know the origin and evolution of the the fifth, and biggest, planet in our solar system. It was assisted along the way thanks to 8 titanium waveguide brackets which were 3D printed by Lockheed Martin. This is the initially spacecraft with 3D printed components to venture so far into space, and those waveguides can transmit radio frequency signals between the different types of spacecraft components, assisting Juno fulfill its undertaking for years to come. In honor of this milestone, open source manufacturer community and education platform Wevolver assembled a few excellent 3D printing projects to assist you explore space of your home.

PiKon: The 3D Printed Raspberry Pi Powered Astronomy Camera by Mark Wringley

3dp_Wevolver_PiCon_cameraWhilst there have been create your own telescope kits on the market for years, there aren’t quite many kits which let users create their own Astro camera. But the PiKon project is a Raspberry Pi-powered telescope and camera which can be created with a few effortless to source electronics and via 3D printed parts. The project was created to be a relatively easy create, and is strong and robust adequate for years of use with proper care of the camera sensor and mirrors. The camera on the Raspberry Pi captures the images of the telescope, and they can be transferred to a desktop via a micro-SD card, or over the internet with a WiFi module. The telescope camera was in addition created included a standard mounting thread so it can be utilized with any camera tripod. The camera can capture 5-megapixel images, and according to the creator it can cost of £100 (post-Brexit which’s of $130) to create.

M.A.R.S. (MADspace Advanced Robotics System) Rover by Eindhoven MADspace



The M.A.R.S. rover is a simplified option of NASA’s Curiosity space exploration vehicle which is already roaming the surface of the red planet. The project was created by Guus van der Sluijs and a team of manufacturers of Eindhoven Hackerspace in the Netherlands as a way to allow anyone to explore the surface of any planet which you can land a rover on. Just as with Curiosity, the M.A.R.S. rover uses the same type of suspension system which allows for it to travel over actually the many unactually of ground. The six-wheeled rover has a body and frame created of 3D printable components and is powered by a Raspberry Pi. It in addition comes with a gyroscope so it can store track of where it is and where it has been and webcams so it can record its progress and transmit them back to the createer.

Here is a video to assist you get your project started:

QBCAN Nano-Satellite by Open Cosmos

3dp_Wevolver_open_cosmosOpen Cosmos is a London-based startup which has created an low-cost nano-satellite create which can donate anyone of colleges, research institutions or space agencies in createing nations access to space. Their educational “CanSat” kit was created specifically for major, secondary and tertiary education, and the additional compact option of the nano-satellite is meant to inspire and engage next generations of space explorers. All students require to create their CanSat is a 3D printing device to manufacture the satellite casing, an Arduino Pro Micro and the internal electronics.

Here is a few video of Rafel Jorda of Open Cosmos explaining how QBCAN works:

Project Ultrascope by Open Space Agency

3dp_Wevolver_ultrascopeWhen we wrote of the Ultrascope Project back in 2014 the Open Space Agency was only starting to create the project and it had only entered the beta testing phase. The open source robot telescope, or ARO (Automated Robotic Observatory), was being created to reduce the cost required for average citizens to assist contribute to the study of space. It allows for amature astronomers to perform lightcurve photometry, a system which generates useful data for a variety of scientific applications like planet finding and asteroid hunting. The create files and open source create was created on the market on Wevolver last January, but for the reason the project is ongoing there are always going to be new things to discover. For of $300 in supplies and the use of a 3D printing device, any amature scientists can create their own smartphone regulated ARO and assist NASA’s NEO hunting undertaking.

Here is a video of the createment of the Ultrascope presented by Open Space Agency founder James Parr:

All four of these excellent 3D printing and electronics projects are on the market for download of Wevolver, which include instructions, all the STL files and any coding or electronics diagrams requireed to deplete the project. Because Wevolver is a cooperative community, there are in addition comments on projects which can assist clarify any harsh spots, or contribute tips and tricks. The Wevolver platform is a excellent way to find new projects for fun or to use in an educational setting and include projects for equite ability level, which include projects as easy as homecreated beehives to as harsh and involved as a full-sized robot. You can learn additional of Wevolver and all of their manufacturer projects here. Discuss additional in the 3D Printed Space-Themed Projects forum over at 3DPB.com.