The Alma-X project was born within the University of Bologna - Alma Mater Studiorum and aims to create a rover, almost entirely produced through 3D printing, for interplanetary exploration.
It is the first prototype of a planetary rover built in Emilia-Romagna. The partnership with Mark One is one of the strong points of the entire project. In fact, about 80% of the rover has been realized through additive production. Thanks to the 3D technology and the wide choice of materials put in the field by Mark One, Alma-X has the possibility, on the one hand, to produce any component reducing costs and design time, on the other hand, to demonstrate the strength of its product combined with different mechanical applications. The team has realized, through additive production and thanks to the flexibility of Mark One materials, the central body of the rover and the wheels. Important also the training aspects: Mark One supports the project not only with the 3D printers, but also in the transmission of the know-how necessary for its realization. Through symposiums and industry events the necessary skills are transmitted to the students involved in the project.