NASA Released a Free 3D-Printable Model of the Curiosity Rover

Last year NASA started releasing 3D models of its probes and spacecraft that anyone could download and use to 3D print their own space fleet. That collection now finally includes a tiny replica of the Curiosity Rover that’s been exploring Mars since 2012, and will soon be exploring your desk as well.

The 3D model is free to download, but you’ll of course need access to a 3D printer in order to churn out your own plastic model. If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a home unit, there are plenty of online services that will print it for you.


It also appears as if NASA has stepped up its 3D-printing game with Curiosity, as the download includes both a highly-detailed model of the rover for those who are very experienced with the process, and a simpler model for those just getting started. [NASA via Make]

Photo by Caleb Kraft

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