3D Print The Curiosity Rover

3D Print a Curiosity Rover: NASA Has Just Released the Files

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That’s a great a weekend project for anyone who owns a 3D printer: NASA has just released the files for 3D printing a Curiosity Rover on their website. You can download all the files here.

Beware: The detailled version is not exactly an easy build and requires some skill
Beware: The detailed version is not exactly an easy build and requires some skill (image: NASA)

Here’s How You Print it

The 3D printed Curiosity rover actually consists of two models. One is a simplified model, the other one is a high-detail version of the craft. It consists of body parts, several component, a lot of pins and six wheels. Fortunately, there’s a detailed assembly instruction in the zip file.

These are just some parts of the detailed version (image: All3DP)
These are just some parts of the detailed version (image: All3DP)

The Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover. The rover’s goals include investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration. It landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC. Since then, it explored the Gale Crateras part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL).

Here’s what the rover saw in in the first year on Mars:

Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST aboard the MSL spacecraft. The Bradbury Landing site was less than 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the center of the rover’s touchdown target after a 563,000,000 km (350,000,000 mi) journey.

Well, that’s quite a ride, isn’t it?