Using CNC to machine the electronics plate for Mars Rover

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Here we are using our homemade CNC to machine a custom electronics plate for the new Mars Rover we’re building. The robot’s circuit boards and electronic components are mounted onto this plate, which is then mounted inside the robot’s main box. Check out the video and the photos below.


The completed electronics plate for the Mars Rover.


Here is the electronics plate with the various circuit boards and other electronic components mounted. Wiring and soldering comes next. The wires will go through the rectangular holes underneath each circuit board and then run beneath the plate.

Comments (3)

  1. Sanket
    June 3rd, 2013

    what was the total cost of this ?
    how much did it took you to complete?

  2. Chris Hill
    September 9th, 2013

    This robot is amazing, do the solar PV cells charge the battery?

  3. Camille Beatty
    September 9th, 2013

    Chris: Thank you! We appreciate it. 🙂 The solar PV cells are indeed real. On our first rover (, we made the solar panels totally functional so that they charge the battery. Here is a posting on how they are connected to get the right voltage: On our second generation Mars Rover ( we used thin film PV instead, which was much lighter and easier to work with. They would work to charge the battery, but since the robot is inside an indoor exhibit, they don’t get any sun, so we rely on charging the battery with a charger.

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