Saturn V Rocket

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Saturn V Rocket by Zippityboomba Jun 23, 2012

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A 4-piece model of the famous lift rocket. According to Wikipedia, "It remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status and still holds the record for the heaviest launch vehicle payload."

Designed to be just about as big as my UM can print. Haven't run it yet, since it will probably take 10+ hours to print.

I made this from the .3ds model at nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/models.html, and merely sliced it for printing and closed some holes. Cura finds several intersection errors, probably from the nozzles that intersect the base. Still slices fine, though, as far as I can see. If someone has Sketchup Pro and can run the routine that only saves external faces, I'd be much oblidged.


Has 3.5mm holes for centering pieces when gluing up. If you re-scale this, you'll need to re-do the holes (wa-hey!).

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Did anyone find a way to fix the fin portion of the print? I'm a newb to 3d design software, and while I've logged quite a few hours in the tutorials, this one has me stumped on where to start. I am using fusion 360 and there is now a mesh beta to work in, however, I have been unsuccessful. Been printing the rest of the model for over 20 hours, (.15mm with 20% infill and slowed it down a bit- I plan on finishing it and giving it as a gift) so I would like to not abandon the whole project. Maybe just edit the portion that contains the boosters, and re-print that piece. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

You still need solution? I a using cura 2.7 slicer and I ticked ;''union overlapping objects'':''Remove all holes'';'extensive stiching'' and ''remove mesh intersection''. That alloved me to slice it corectly.
Hope this helps.

The part with the fins is all seperate tiny pieces so if you look at it wrong it will fall apart. the tiny meshes need to be combined in some software, i'm using zbrush to dynamesh it all into one solid pieces without gaps.

What I'm seeing here is the start of an awesome set of stacknig containers. :)

The mesh on the section with the fins and rocket engines is flawed in some way - I can print it, but trying to do anything else with it really breaks the model file. I was able to scale it down for printing on Repetier Host to 1mm/ft (304.1:1) . My print of this will be on www.tmro.tv/live on May 2, 2015 talking about Saturn V in relation to another rocket, the Sea Dragon, which model you can find on my account! Cheers!

I separated the escape tower from the main build. This allows for up-scaling of 40%. Now 1/173 scale.

printing one right now at 70% scale since that's as tall as i can safely print on my printrbot right now. it's looking good but i think the fins are going to need a bit of cleanup, they started curling a bit and are now getting some burrs on the ends. they look alright otherwise but i apparently don't have something quite perfect on my printer still. I suspect the cooling fans.

If you're already to the fins, you must be close to done. I'd love to see what you get. When I saw the predicted $16 worth of filament Cura said it would take, I got less excited about test printing full scale.

I got it done around midnight last night, i'll try to get some pictures taken, took about 6.5 hours to print, and 1.5 meters of filament. Not at all sure how it was going to take $16, at the price i get my plastic this was about $1.6 instead. I did accidentally crack one of the pieces trying to get it off of the bed, but once i get it off i'll take some pictures.

These are all taken with a low quality cell phone camera, but they should work fine. I had an issue with things sticking TOO well, and broke two of them getting them off so i'll have to glue them later too.

Along with that I had my usual issue with tiny things staying liquid too long and getting fudged by the print head. Still trying to tackle that one well enough, i manually turned the temp down when it got to the peak.

That looks awesome! Any chance of higher resolution pictures?