In case you like space stuff, this might be a nice item to decorate your desk.
The rocket is spit into two pieces which are simply plugged together when finished. Therefore this print works completely without rafts or support. (However, the gap between the booster rockets is approximately 12mm wide at 150% and the printer creates a bridge here. Bigger scales resulting in a wider bridge may cause a failed print). It also allows the use of multiple colors. The color change within the pieces where made with prusa's colorprint function (using the M600 gcode) , which can be found on prusaprinters.org. The printer just stops, moves away from the object and waits for the filament to be changed manually to allow single-extruder-multi-color prints.
The "hinge" or "nose", whatever you want to call it, on the main fuel tank may need a little afterwork in order to get the gap between the shuttle's engines and the smoke as small as possible.
It was not entirely my idea, actually it was inspired by "Lift Off" made by "Xonor13". (thing:2187088) Since that one requires supports, that are not available for me and ProEngineer can not alter stl files, I decided to try making my own version from scratch. I am pretty happy with the result.
Dimensions when printed at 150%:
- Height: 107.5mm
- Width bottom: ~70mm
- Width main fuel tank: 12mm
- Booster diameter: 3.55mm
- Shuttle width: 24mm
- Booster/Shuttle Engine diameter: 2.8mm
- Bridge gap between boosters: 12mm
The shuttle comes with enlarged first layer bases, otherwise the wings would be ripped off before they are connected to the engines and the main body. In the stl file this layer has a height of 0.1mm , so choose your first layer height appropriately, otherwise your slicer may leave them out. You probably have to add a brim in case the engines don't stick to your print bed properly, but mine worked fine.
Anyway, I hope you appreciate my work. Constructive criticism and advices are highly appreciated!
I recommend to print it in a scale of 150% or more. Infill below 10% is likely sufficient, too.
I used hatchbox PLA at 195 Degrees Celsius and a print bed at 60°C.