Saturn V Rocket

by Zippityboomba, published

Saturn V Rocket by Zippityboomba Jun 23, 2012

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A 4-piece model of the famous lift rocket. According to Wikipedia, "It remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status and still holds the record for the heaviest launch vehicle payload."

Designed to be just about as big as my UM can print. Haven't run it yet, since it will probably take 10+ hours to print.

I made this from the .3ds model at nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/models.html, and merely sliced it for printing and closed some holes. Cura finds several intersection errors, probably from the nozzles that intersect the base. Still slices fine, though, as far as I can see. If someone has Sketchup Pro and can run the routine that only saves external faces, I'd be much oblidged.

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I separated the escape tower from the main build. This allows for up-scaling of 40%. Now 1/173 scale.

That looks awesome! Any chance of higher resolution pictures?

These are all taken with a low quality cell phone camera, but they should work fine. I had an issue with things sticking TOO well, and broke two of them getting them off so i'll have to glue them later too.

Along with that I had my usual issue with tiny things staying liquid too long and getting fudged by the print head. Still trying to tackle that one well enough, i manually turned the temp down when it got to the peak.

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Has 3.5mm holes for centering pieces when gluing up. If you re-scale this, you'll need to re-do the holes (wa-hey!).


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GuardToad on Jul 7, 2012 said:

I separated the escape tower from the main build. This allows for up-scaling of 40%. Now 1/173 scale.

simcop2387 on Jun 26, 2012 said:

printing one right now at 70% scale since that's as tall as i can safely print on my printrbot right now. it's looking good but i think the fins are going to need a bit of cleanup, they started curling a bit and are now getting some burrs on the ends. they look alright otherwise but i apparently don't have something quite perfect on my printer still. I suspect the cooling fans.

Zippityboomba on Jun 26, 2012 said:

If you're already to the fins, you must be close to done. I'd love to see what you get. When I saw the predicted $16 worth of filament Cura said it would take, I got less excited about test printing full scale.