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Space Shuttle on launch pad

by RotoScan, published

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Space Shuttle on launch pad by RotoScan Jul 21, 2011

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Description

This is a model of the Space Shuttle that stands over 12" high.

It started out as this model from Google's 3D warehouse.
sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=4c41b6547d241ffd9aa9d7f676c1fd7e&prevstart=0

All the parts come apart so you can configure it in many ways.

- On the launch pad fully assembled
- Launched with boosters attached
- Boosters detached - just the Orbiter and fuel tank
- Orbiter by itself



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For some reason the aft section of the orbiter crashes my slic3r. Has anyone got a fixed version?

I'm working on making this one, thanks for the great model! Is the Orbiter mid part missing a hole to connect to the fuel tank? It looks like your picture of the printed model has a hole, but the STL does not. Am I missing something?

You can fix the aft section here:- http://cloud.netfabb.com/

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Instructions

Print, print and then print some more!

Tallest piece is about 115mm and the launch pad takes up nearly the entire build platform of a Thing-O-Matic.

Printed with a layer height of .25mm, 0 extra shells and 10% infill. You may want to print the launch pad with extra shells to increase the strength of the posts.

Each of the main parts, the Orbiter, boosters and fuel tank are comprised of three pieces each which are pinned together using bits of 3mm filament and glued. Gluing is optional, but recommended. I use acetone.

Attach the Orbiter to the fuel tank using 3mm filament. If the filament fits too loosely you can crush it slightly with pliers to make it wider. Attach the boosters to the fuel tank in the same manner.

The engine piece snaps into the back of the Orbiter and the nozzle pieces for the boosters press into place. A bit of sanding may be needed depending upon how flared out the bottom gets printed.

Enjoy!



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aruta on Mar 30, 2014 said:

For some reason the aft section of the orbiter crashes my slic3r. Has anyone got a fixed version?

Amarynth on Feb 16, 2014 said:

I'm working on making this one, thanks for the great model! Is the Orbiter mid part missing a hole to connect to the fuel tank? It looks like your picture of the printed model has a hole, but the STL does not. Am I missing something?

pcaspa on May 12, 2013 said:

You can fix the aft section here:- http://cloud.netfabb.com/

galaxytoast on Apr 8, 2013 said:

The aft section is not slicing properly. The internal section of the right wing is missing as well as a chunk on the tail. I am using makerware software on the replicator 2. Any chance you can reload the stl file or load in a 3D format?

Felger on Feb 24, 2013 said:

Slic3r is giving me an error on the aft section, self-intersecting facets in the model for the Orbiter.

Zinefer on Jul 19, 2012 said:

This isn't supposed to be here, is it? http://imgur.com/jMXJq

(the uploader complained about format)

RotoScan on Jul 19, 2012 said:

I don't know why you have that notch there. My guess is that the model is sitting on your build platform in such a way that the fin is up against the corner which won't allow it to print that last little bit. But that is just a guess...

jediintraining on Mar 17, 2012 said:

I really want one of these that I can launch with model rockets. That would be awesome.

jackson on Aug 3, 2011 said:

only one of my shuttle booters printer bad is there a way I can edit the stl files so I just print out that one booter?

RotoScan on Aug 4, 2011 said:

Single Booster added.

You can import the stl into SketchUp using a plugin and edit that way. Or you could use Netfabb or... I'm sure there are other ways too.

GWJax on Jul 25, 2011 said:

What a great design! Now I have the shuttle so I can size it down to put it on the launch smoke Thing:10109 that I have already printed. Thanks so much for this and also I flattered you for this :-$

Jax

RotoScan on Jul 25, 2011 said:

Thanks!

I scaled this way down to do just that but it did not work well. As I printed the launch smoke thing, the distance between the boosters needs to be only 5mm. My tiny shuttle looked quite terrible at that size.

murat on Jul 24, 2011 said:

I could print the orbiter parts but the build doesn't start for the booster parts. This happenned to me for other complicated parts before. I wonder if it is because of the new java updates. I using ultimaker replicatorg 24.

murat on Jul 25, 2011 said:

Thanks for the quick reply. I don't think that there is a problem with my connectors, as not even the simulation starts or the boosters. I can then load something else without disturbing the setup, and it would print. I have replicatorg 25 beta, which is not turning the extuder motor on... Maybe running the 25 did something to the firmware. I'll reflash and try again. I might even try on a linux machine rather then Win7...

RotoScan on Jul 24, 2011 said:

I am using ReplicatorG 25 and did not encounter any problems. Sorry that I can't be of more help.

cyclone on Jul 23, 2011 said:

Very well done. I like that it's multi-parted so things can be printed in different colors. Looks great. The tail section is very cleverly cut up for relatively no support printing.

RotoScan on Jul 23, 2011 said:

Thank you!

It was printed with zero support.

tbuser on Jul 21, 2011 said:

Fantastic, I love big multipart things!

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