Building The Pathfinder Rover February 2012
This winning design from the 2011 Digilent Design Contest explores the idea of creating a versatile, minimalist, and low cost platform that can replace humans in hostile environments.
3D printing has become so good that the printed prototypes outlive their usefulness. Most of my 3D printed plastic prototypes serve their purpose for perhaps five minutes and then end up in landfills along with lots of empty filament spools. ABS plastic and even so-called biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA) will probably survive decades in the environment. Isn’t it time to find ways to repurpose this technology to decrease its footprint?