3D Printed Mars Rover Parts for the McGill University Robotics Team, Winning 3rd Place at the European Rover Challenge!
MatterThings - 3D Printing recently sponsored the McGill Robotics team by 3D printing certain components of their Mars Rover - Bhumi to compete in the European Rover Challenge 2016 in Poland. They placed 3rd among 22 teams from all over the world!
What is the European Rover Challenge?
The European Rover Challenge (ERC) is a prestigious contest for Student Teams. A Student Team has to design and build a Martian rover prototype and use that robot to compete in various Tasks at a designated location. The aim of the Challenge is to give the participants a chance to expand their knowledge of Martian exploration, provide valuable professional experience in different fields of engineering, project and team management, project documentation and presentation while also popularize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) especially space exploration and robotics among the wider public, including the Challenge audience.
The rover has to be a stand-alone, mobile platform. No cables or tethers are allowed for connection to external sources during its operation. Teams must design and build their own rover.
The weight limit for the rover during a Task is 50 kilograms. The limit applies to every Task (i.e. task-relevant rover configuration) separately. Equipment used for rover maintenance and preparation, unused spare parts, and elements not mounted during a particular Task are not included in this limit.
There is no weight limit on equipment used to steer and control the rover from the rover control area, communications equipment in that area or maintenance equipment.
If the rover will be lighter than maximum limit for every kilogram below limit a 0.5 point will be added to the score for each Task separately (but no more than 10 points). If a limit is exceeded, 1 point will be subtracted for every kilogram (but no more than 20 points).
The rover maximum speed should be not higher than 3 km/h.
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