NASA has made available various 3D printable models that can be downloaded and printed by hobbyists. Wanted to try out Curiosity Rover on my PrintrBot. The supplied models come in two sizes. The large is too big for PrintrBot Simple. So decided to try out the small version.

Body, Arms and Legs were printed with Hatchbox White PLA. While the wheels are printed with Toner Plastics Red PLA. The settings are same for both of them.

Curiosity Rover PrintedCuriosity Rover Assembled


PrintBot Simple Metal with Heated Bed

Filament : Hatchbox White PLA, Toner Plastics Red PLA

Layer Height : 0.1984

Print Speed : 45

Print Temperature : 195

Bed Temperature : 65

Curiosity Rover : NASA

Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL). Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST aboard the MSL spacecraft and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC. 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.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.

Source:  NASA| 3D Resources (Beta)