Hey! This thing is still a Work in Progress. Files, instructions, and other stuff might change!

International Space Station

by kmemmons Feb 6, 2012
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Yes. If you look it's flagged as a work in progress. Use at your own risk. :) Some of the files just don't print well. But, if you're feeling ambitious, it's a great starting point! It is on my bucket list to redesign all the files to make them 3D print friendly.

Thank you for all this files. However some parts are missing are they?

Has anyone modeled the missing parts? It looks like some of the solar arrays are missing. They are there in the fully assembled model, but not in the individual files. I'm currently printing it.

It seems like there are some pieces is that missing? (ie 6, 11, 13, 14)

If anyone have LightWave, you can download the models in .Lws from NASA website: http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/detail/iss-hi-res
and then convert to .stl and repost the files to print

Hi, I would like to know if this is complete? Is all the parts for ISS in the zip file? I work at a library where we are going to have a technology/space theme, and I would like to print a large ISS model for our lobby.

I wish it was. I've been pulled on other projects for a while. I want to go back to it. The hardest task is figuring out how to do the solar arrays. I took my CAD files that I created from the NASA scale model docs and exported them to STLs. Unfortunately, that didn't make good prints on my Makerbot.

You might be lucky on that! I mounted a model of the ISS recently (revel one) and there are a lot of problems with the solar arrays joints... so I might be able to give some help, I would also like to modify the Columbus module adding the SOLAR external experiment ;). For the solar arrays given the length of those, my idea is to build the frames only, in order to fill the arrays with paper instead of plastic, this will reduce the weight and allow you to put some nice and colorful paper on it ;).

Go for it. I happened to be at a science center this weekend and saw a neat scale model of the ISS that used corrugated plastic sign board (like for garage sales) painted with gold paint for the solar arrays. That might work but it might be too thick.

Any updates to this?
Has anyone created models for this missing parts? I would be keen to do a few If I know where I should start.

I am re-uploading each individual ISS module file exported correctly to fix the size issue with filleted edges after I successfully print each one. Some I had success printing in sections to eliminate the need for rafts/support so I have uploaded those as well. Nine done. 23 more to go.

I am having success taking the .stl files into ReplicatG and then changing the scale with the inches
gt;mm button. Then the size is correct. I redesigned ISS-04 with rounded edges and shelled out the interior to save material.

I'll give it a shot tonight. A new version of slic3r came out that supports cooling and support so it should be much easier to print without making any changes.

I updated the files for parts 1, 2,
amp; 3. I added in fillets to all edges and made sure to export to the sizes as inches. If anyone is ambitious, please test out one and let me know how it goes. If it works, I'll make the same adjustments to the rest of the parts.

Not a problem.

Once you updatebthem let me know and I'll try again.

I'm wanting to hang this up in our hackerspace :)

I created the files using sizes in inches. That must be where the size issue lies. I will work on including more fillets and updating the files when I get a chance. I appreciate your attempt to print them!

I started to try and print this, but ran into some issues.

It seems like most of the pieces are extremely small
lt;1cm so they have to be scaled up to be printed. I'm right now using a factor of 5, but some pieces are still really small.

The other issue is that these pieces will need some support, they have 90 overhangs that you can kind of wing if they are low to the platform. You have to clean them up after printing so the parts are not exactly to scale.

The two parts I printed are #1 and #18.