SpaceX Falcon 9 Commemorative First Landing Model 1:60ish

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Commemorative First Landing Model 1:60ish by twuelfing Mar 10, 2017
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Hey everyone, I have made a model to commemorate the first landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket.

I wanted something to display that would show off this tremendous and inspiring event.
as always if you undertake making one of these and have questions please ask. Most of the purpose for me spending the many many hours to do this is so that others can recreate this work and share in the inspiration and education.

I will do my best to spend time organizing and clarifying things over the next few weeks, but dont wait for it to be perfect to start building yours. I will respond quickly to questions. You will learn the most if you mess up and problem solve. The struggle has always been the source of my learning. I dont want people to get discourraged, but if your uncomfortable it means your growing! just dive in and eff stuff up! My general philosopy is people that want to get good at something usually just mess up enough to eventually have made all the mistakes. Also this project is FAR from perfect so please show off your work! I love seeing it.

I love this stuff so its never a bother to hear from others working on creating.
The files are not quite as organized as I would like, but everything i printed should be here.
I suggest testing the PVC interface parts first with your selected PVC size to figure out a scaling factor for your print, as your material and printer will likely need some tweaking and the parts that interface with the PVC should set the scale for everything else.

I have attempted to upload the instructions I have so far, but please let me know where you have trouble so i can improve and also complete the instructions to make this as easy as possible for anyone to undertake.

as a side note. I made an extra one of these to give to Mr. Musk for providing me so much inspiration. I would love to find a way to get it to him as a thank you. I dont even need to meet him I just want him to have it to do with as he pleases. So if you know how i can make this happen please let me know, it would mean the world to me to get one of these to him.

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Do You have second stage stl for this model?

i dont think i will print this, but i must say... beautiful work !!!!


i have printed almost the whole rocket in 1/35 scale but need a little help!
how did you get thise grid fins to turn out well? any tips? i use cura btw

the grid fins were a pain, at the large scale i did they were about as small as i could get to work. They really were optimized to print at 1:1 scale as the smallest limit.
sorry about the late reply.

Excellent model, thanks for sharing. One question. Is it possible for you to include .3ds files? I don't have Max but I have Blender and SketchUp, and both of those can import 3ds but not .max.

Import of STL files into both don't always work and the resulting imported geometry is always overly complex and not quite right!

I was hoping to do some tweaks before going to print and to have better control before I get to the slicer stage.

Thanks for any help, and well done again.


I have the max files posted, but i dont know when i will get time to export a different format. the files are all archived on my google drive, but you can get a trial of 3dsmax from autodesk for free and do the conversion from the max files.

What type of paint did you use? This is remarkable!

just some cheap air brush paint from the hobby store.

Great work, I am printing out this now piece by piece, really like the scale and detail!
I did one stupid mistake while printing this out, I thought the landing legs would be the other way, upside down... (D'oh!!)
Once I print out the new one I only need the tube and some paint job, thanks for sharing this awwesome work!

How sure are you about the length of the interstage? Yours has a length to diameter ratio of about 1.55. When I went to put a to-scale merlin 1d engine I'm working on in it, there wasn't enough length. Looking at the (possibly wrong) render at http://www.spacex.com/falcon9, I find the ratio to be more like 1.91, and using that length, I see the merlin would fit better inside it.

i am not sure at all, i just modeled from photos.

I've made two of these now. The first, I just printed the fuselage in 10" sections. The second I used a cardboard shipping tube.

Question: Is there one fuel conduit, or two (one on each side)?

i made mine with one on each side, but i made it based on the best photos i could find at the time, if you have reference showing this is wrong let me know.

Thanks! It's hard to do this from reference images, as there are different versions of falcons, etc.

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This is so cool! On my list of things to print for sure.
You should totally tweet Elon if you haven't already he is normally pretty responsive on twitter.

Thank you for sharing with everyone!
Do you think there is a way to export something more consumable, like STEP Files (.ste, .step, .stp), IGES (ige, iges, igs)?

I can, but those formats aren't as useful for 3d printing.
What is your end use for the files?

That is all manner of cool and amazing. Outstanding!

Absolutely fantastic, I've been thinking of using PVC pipe to do a Falcon fuselage for some time now, makes so much more sense to me than printing a huge cylinder.

Definitely interested in taking this on...

If I was doing it again I would probably use an acrylic tube that had better levels of precision in the manufacturing, but the pvc is a lot more accessible to many people.

There are issues with using pvc.
It's challenging to weld to, the diameter is not very precise and making a perfectly perpendicular cut isn't as simple as it would seem.
You CAN weld it with acetone kind of but I used this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00466V8F0/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1QO0V8LDU7BFX
But be sure to do some tests so that you ruin fewer parts.