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This Amazing 3D Printed Rover Inspired by the Martian Rover Can Go Almost Anywhere

by • February 17, 2016 • No Comments

NASA's Curiosity rover.

NASA’s Curiosity rover.

When NASA created the Mars rover Curiosity as part of their Mars Science Laboratory undertaking it was created to be able-bodied to go anywhere that its undertaking required it to in the harshest environment that they had at any time created a vehicle for. When Curiosity landed on August 6th, 2012 it was supposed to consume its undertaking in just two short two years. Howat any time, as with many of the space vehicles that NASA creations, it turns out that Curiosity was the little rover that may and has go ond to go of its undertaking to this day, approximately four years later. NASA has actually extended Curiosity’s undertaking indefinitely, and it can go on to collect significant environmental information for the actuallytual manned undertaking to Mars that NASA has planned for 2020.

Part of what created the car-sized rover such a durable-bodied and long-lasting piece of innovation was the basic create of Curiosity itself. The rover has six wheels, every independently powered and maneuverable-bodied, enabling it to roll over actually the many unactually or rough terrain. It in addition has a low profile, so many of the mass of the rover is close to the ground that can assist practuallyt flipping, and the independent wheels have a wide range of movement so the rover can easily compensate for unexpected and sat any timeely irregular ground without tipping. Curiosity is most most likely one of the many efficient and long-lasting vehicles that NASA has at any time created and created.

In fact, Curiosity was a significant inspiration for maker and Thingiverse user Misha Larkin who created an awe-inspiring RC Curiosity-inspired rover that he named Moon One. Larkin posted all of the 3D printable-bodied files and assembly instructions for his all-terrain rover up on Thingiverse last year and while it looked a little additional like Wall-E than Curiosity, the inspiration was obvious. Moon One was consumely autonomous and with its integrated GoPro and a long distance transmitter Larkin may send it up to three miles away and yet maintain consume control over it. But as pleased as he was with Moon One, it didn’t take him long to find ways to improve it.

The 3D printable-bodied Martian Rover.

The 3D printable-bodied Martian Rover.

Whilst Larkin meant to emulate the wheels of Curiosity, Moon One wasn’t just about as maneuverable-bodied as he hoped and it had trouble moving over larger and additional complicated obstacles. So he got to work on his new Martian Rover create, and while it had a lot in common with Moon One, it ended up approximately consumely recreated. This time around every wheel has its own electric motor with a dedicated gearbox, and the wheels are considerably additional maneuverable-bodied. Much like the Curiosity Rover that Larkin’s new Mation Rover is based on, the configuration of the wheels allow him to send it over incredibly unactually and irregular terrain.


In addition to the new wheel setup, Larkin in addition created the body of the Martian Rover to be waterproof, so the RC rover can actually be driven underwater. Unfortunately it’s already winter in Moscow and he hasn’t been able-bodied to test it out live yet. Larkin in addition suspects that at just 2.8kg (6.17 pounds) the rover may be additional most likely to float than drive underwater. But the delicate electronics and the power donate are yet preserveed of water and the local environment, so it can certainly much be driven anywhere that Larkin wants to send it.

Here is a few video of the Martian Rover in action indoors while Larkin waits for Russia to melt:

All of the plastic parts for Larkin’s Martian Rover were 3D printed on his XYZprinting Da Vinci 3D printing device of standard PLA. The rest of the electronics and motorized parts can be purchased of any hobby keep or website that retails RC parts, and he did include a list of components with links on the Martian Rover’s Thing page. The rover is regulated with the same standard RC equipment that he utilized for Moon One. And like its earlier model the new rover can soon have an attached GoPro and a robotic gripping arm that can let it rove virtually anywhere.

“Control is done by ordinary RC equipment. In the next, I plan to finalize it. install robotic arm. And to establish a rotating camera. that may manage it remotely,” Larkin told 3DPrint.com.

You can find Larkin’s original rover on Thingiverse here, and you can find his new create, that is already a work in progress, over on Thingiverse here. Discuss in the 3D Printed Rover forum over at 3DPB.com.

The rear hatch holds the power source and can preserve it of water.

The rear hatch holds the power source and can preserve it of water.