Starship Enterprise

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Starship Enterprise by sitts314 Mar 23, 2013

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The original NCC-1701, Constitution-class starship. Boldly going where no Thing has gone before.
Captain's Log, July 7, 2013: Version 2 is now available. Look for "NCC-1701_V2.zip". Gaps have been increased to 0.3 mm and seem to work well with a little edge cleanup. I've also added a display stand in the shape of the original series badge.


Just print all 10 components and glue them together. Use a piece of 1.75 mm filament to support the deflector dish. I used a contact clearance of 0.2 mm for the pylons. If this does not work, I'll post a revised model. Happy printing!
UPDATE, 7/7/13: See update in description. I also recommend not gluing the nacells to the pylons, or the pylons to the hull. That way you can take it apart for travel.

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I also tried printing at 50% the size. Still needed ears. Mostly still works fine, except the filament hole shrinks even more of course.

Please excuse this noob question, but are "ears" the same as "rafts". I haven't heard of those before.

"Ears" are helper disks. It's an option in Makerware and it's somewhere on Thingiverse, but I can't find it at the moment. It's a little disk of plastic that you put down at the edge of your model. Then it helps hold the model to the bed, and you can also use it to help pull the model off the bed. Very handy.

A remark from Joseph Chui reminded me to try ears. This was easier to do from Makerware, so I used that. Ears prevented the model from detaching from the base, but it did cause some cracking in the model itself, in the saucer section. I filled in the cracks with some ABS strands and acetone.
The pylon/nacelle fit is quite good.
One thing about the ears, they also filled in the hole for the filament that holds the deflector dish. But, the hole was too small anyway. Also, I had to print the deflector dish with support. It's behind the dish, so you don't see it too much.
Next trick will be to trim off the ears, neatly. I need a better pair of diagonal cutters.

A great looking model. But the hull parts warped too much to fit together, when printed in ABS. Tried ABS since it glues better. Guess I will try PLA next.

Thanks. Good to know. I haven't tried printing it yet but I will soon. I plan to use PLA also. Did the pylons fit into the nacelles ok?

See picture!