Freedom 7 Coin Bank
by hsvtrail, published
Reproduction of a Freedom 7 Mercury Capsule Coin Bank. I was given this coin bank 51 years ago. It commemorates the first human spaceflight by the USA. While you can still find it for sale on auction and antique sites, I don't believe it is any longer being produced. This is a close recreation of the original however, it has been completely regenerated from scratch. The Mercury space capsule was designed and built by McDonnell Aircraft Corporation. I have included scans of a small pamphlet on the Freedom 7 which McDonnell published in the same time period.
Print at a high resolution. On my BFB 3000 plus I used a layer height of .125mm
The heat shield has been split into two pieces and oriented to print standing up on the build platform. This maximizes the resolution of the text and images when sliced. No support is needed.
The upper capsule is printed with its bottom to the platform. Again no support is required. However, the bottom of the coin slot is closed for .25mm to provide support for the remainder of the top layers. This requires that your printer be able to bridge across the width of the top.
After printing glue the two heat shield halves together.
Before glueing the heat shield to the upper capsule clean out the bottom of the coin slot with a knife. Sand off any irregularities from the rim of the heat shield and glue in place. For consistency with the original the heat shield is oriented so that the top of the text on the shield is in line with the "United States" hatch on the capsule.
The brochure has been formatted to be printed on opposite sides of a standard 8.5 x 11 page. The light outline on the outside pdf is a guide for cutting out the brochure. Finally, fold in half to complete reproduction of the original.