Saturn V Rig

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Saturn V Rig by cfastie May 24, 2015
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A pan/tilt camera rig for kite aerial photography. Two micro servos can be operated by an on-board microcontroller or RC receiver.

The upper frame is modified from the Titan 2 Rig, and the leg brackets are from the Redstone Rig. The shaft of a Picavet suspension is an integral part of the panning mechanism.

Gears are modified from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:621348 and http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:20661

Kits to build this rig are available at The KAPtery.


The axle for panning, which is the shaft of the Picavet suspension, is a 0.312" diameter solid fiberglass rod. The large gear, bushing (spacer tube), and holes in the top of the upper rig frame are sized for that rod.

The small gear is sized to fit on the spline of a Fitec continuous rotation micro servo.

Assembly instructions are available at the KAPtery.

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Hi Chris, this is the first time I use thingiverse to print things, so this might be a stupid question: I open the .stl file, and found that it actually is the wrong scale, should I do some adjustment before printing?

Hi Shanlter,
Yes, I think the scale is wrong on the Saturn V model. I made it in Sketchup and that happens sometimes. When I open the stl in my slicing program (Simplify3D) it warns me that the part is very small and appears to be in inches, and asks if I want to rescale it and convert to mm. When it does that the size is perfect. So I have not changed the model. I don't know how to get a good result using other slicing programs.
Others have printed the Saturn V Rig, so there must be other ways to scale it correctly. The total width of the part should be 15.6 cm. The height is 14 cm.


Thanks! I'll try

I have noticed that if i import the .stl's into Cura they are minute. So have used the sketchup and then created the stl. however with the SatTop084 i have had problems each time I print with it creating some mystery line as per the pictures. Looking at the skp file I cant see any errors. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Sorry you are having trouble printing that part. I have sliced that STL in Simplify3D with no problem and it prints very well on a Makerbot Rep 1 dual. Have you tried different slicer settings (layer height, infill) to troubleshoot? I hope you can figure it out.