In the Fall 2017 semester, Mechanical Engineering Technology students in MET 46100, Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing, designed, analyzed, and built the pictured rover from 3D printed nylon parts and aluminum tubing. The black joints were designed and analyzed using Solidworks 3D software. The black color comes from the carbon fiber that is infused in the nylon for added strength.
A Markforged Onyx Pro printer was used to print these parts and required about a full day of printing to complete all the parts. The aluminum tubes are simply cut to length and cross drilled in the ANDR140 Manufacturing Laboratory. The tubes provide strong, light, and easy to make structural members. A Sabertooth 2×12 motor controller makes all six motors work in unison. A GoPro camera has already been purchased and will be integrated into the system in the coming weeks.