The Drakkar

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The Drakkar by MakerBot Sep 30, 2014

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Travel back to the early 1000’s and jump aboard The Drakkar with Captain Leif Erikson. Believed to be the first European to set foot on the shores of North America, Erikson sailed this type of wooden longship often found with an animal or dragon head carved into its prow.

With the intent of making the 3D printing ecosystem more accessible to educators,
MakerBot Academy has selected Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics that align with our 3D printed content. Our goal is to lower the barrier to 3D printing in the classroom by directing teachers to standards-aligned resources. We hope to make the process of incorporating 3D printing technology into the curricula more
seamless for teachers and students alike. Find these resources in the "Instructions" tab.

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MakerBot Academy encourages you to incorporate MakerBot’s 3D printed ships and their explorers into your lessons.

Ship: The Bao Chuan, Explorer: Zheng He

Ship: The Drakkar, Explorer: Leif Erikkson

Ship: The Endeavour, Explorer: James Cook

Ship: The Sao Cristovao, Explorer: Bartolomeu Dias

Ship: The Trinidad, Explorer: Ferdinand Magellan


4th Grade:

Lesson Suggestion: Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education

Common Core Standard Alignments:

Measurements & Data: Solve problems involving measurements and conversion of measurements

Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement
equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36), ...
Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.

7th Grade:

Lesson Suggestion: The Institute of Navigation

Common Core Standard Alignments:

Geometry: Draw construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them

Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale
drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.
Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one
triangle, or no triangle.
Describe the two-dimensional figures that result from slicing three-dimensional figures, as in plane sections of right rectangular prisms and right rectangular pyramids.

11th Grade:

Lesson Suggestion: Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education 2011, Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education 2010

Common Core Standard Alignments:

Similarity, Right Triangles, & Trigonometry: Define trigonometric ratios and solve problems involving right triangles

Understand that by similarity, side ratios in right triangles are properties of the angles in the triangle, leading to definitions of trigonometric ratios for acute angles.
Explain and use the relationship between the sine and cosine of complementary angles.
Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.


4th Grade:
Lesson Suggestion: Scholastic, Teacher Vision, Education World

Common Core Standard Alignments:

Reading: Informational Text: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or
interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Writing: Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and
categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

7th Grade:
Lesson Suggestion: New York Times’ The Learning Network's Stories That Go with the Territory and Game On

Common Core Standard Alignments:

Writing: Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and
accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

History/Social Science: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

11th Grade:
Lesson Suggestion: New York Times’ The Learning Network's Current Connections and Discovery Channels

Common Core Standard Alignments:

Writing: Text Types and Purposes

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

History/Social Science: Key Ideas and Details

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with
textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Continue your adventure by discovering the possibilities of space exploration. What would it be like to explore other planets such as Mars? Print out your own Mars Rover to jumpstart your thinking and check out the winning designs of our Thingiverse Mars Challenge to see what ideas others have come up with to survive the harsh climate of the planet.

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Why make the bottom flat, removing the keel, and then put it on a stand? Its just wrong.

it's awesome if your scaling it to 150% and using it for D&D campaigns without the stand!!

Hello, great model, but the rudder is suppost to be on the right side. Thats why right is called starboard.

Hi. I'm a complete newb to 3d printing....what scale does this print out at? Or is that something that I decide when printing? As I don't have a personal printer I will probably have to take this to a commercial printer. Thanks.

Any tips on printing the oars? I tried with Woodfill and ABS and they keep snapping.

What colors are those filaments?

Can someone please explain why people spend all this time to upload great models and designs yet couple STL files in unbelievably stupid ways? For example, I don't want to print the sail with the damn rudder and joining pins. That is just stupid. Not one single person should want to do this unless you don't have any decent colors or material options. For example I want to print the rudder in wood grain filament like the rest of the boat and base but I want the sail in a white PLA or maybe ABS. I hate to be the guy who seems ungrateful but putting all those into one model is so literally incomprehensible to me I have to say something. Why... just #@[email protected]# why?? Is it that much harder to take the sail into its own stl file? Instead you make each one of us find some decent software to split it and each one of us to use our time. The only option besides splitting the STL is to waste materials printing this thing twice with two different materials.

wow.. I typed up a reply.. but then I saw you posted on April Fools day......

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You can easily ungroup them with MS 3d builder and save each part as stl

cerwin77 is spot on. It literally takes 30 seconds to open the program, select the part, and click the ungroup button. That program comes pre-installed on Windows 8 and 10, or can be downloaded for free.

Besides, it's not like we're short on time waiting for something to print. You may not want to but you do sound like the ungrateful guy. They put in who knows how many hours designing the boat and you can't spend an extra five minutes doing the polishing tweaks?

For some reason, I'm having problems printing out the Sail Rudder. Around layer 100, the side of the sail starts missing. No idea why, I can't see it in the model. It's so weird. Maybe I'll try rotating it.

wich is the best config should i use?

The base when i'm printing is not so good..

follow the config that i'm wearing:

Infill: 20%
Layer H: 0.2mm
Shells: 1
speed: 60 mm/s

Infill mode: exterior to interior


1 shells is not very good when printing overhangs

nice model, prints perfectly and all parts fit like pleasure...
no rework necessary on tpi SMART X2 and X3 printers

Leif hefur heilsu þína, ég drekk bjór, hugsa þú ert ha ha ha ha

Should there be a pair of cylinders to connect the front and back?

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They are with the sail.