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Cutting metal for the Mars Rover 2

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

We are working everyday on the new Mars Rover. The work is going so fast that it’s hard to remember to take pictures, but here are some of the pics we snap along the way.

We cut these hole patterns for the Mars Rover's Front and Bottom Plates using the CNC.

We cut these hole patterns for the Mars Rover’s Front and Bottom Plates using the CNC.

We also used our CNC mill to make this custom Servo Plate for the Mars Rover's mast. We design all our parts in the SolidWorks CAD system.

We also used our CNC mill to make this custom Servo Plate for the Mars Rover’s mast. We design all our parts in the SolidWorks CAD system.

 

There are also times when we need to do it the old fashioned way. Here we are drilled a bracket hole in the Mars Rover mast, which is a 1.5" aluminum hollow tube.

There are also times when we need to do it the old fashioned way. Here we are drilling a bracket hole in the Mars Rover mast, which is a 1.5″ aluminum hollow tube.

 

Here is the assembled Mars Rover box with the camera mounted in the front panel.

Here is the inside of the assembled Mars Rover box with the camera mounted in the front panel.

Here is the assembled Mars Rover box showing the camera mounted in the front panel.

Here is the assembled Mars Rover box showing the camera mounted on the front panel. The black protrusions are IR LEDs for night vision capability.

Comments (4)

  1. jennyross
    October 21st, 2013

    Wow… these photos are truly awesome especially for a metal cutting lover like me!

  2. Todd S.
    June 5th, 2014

    Beautiful! Could you please provide tips on how to get started w/ machining? I have access to a shop, but do not have the knowledge to operate the machines. Thanks so much.

  3. Camille
    June 8th, 2014

    Todd:
    Thank you for your comment. 🙂
    First, I would read some books on machining, like this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Home-Machinists-Handbook-Doug-Briney/dp/0830615733
    Also, study the content on this site:
    http://blog.cnccookbook.com/category/blog/

  4. Todd S.
    June 12th, 2014

    Camille, both the book and the site are very informative. Loved the book though. Thanks so much.

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