Saturn V Rocket and Gantry

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Saturn V Rocket and Gantry by farscape1 Jul 5, 2015

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The Saturn V (spoken as "Saturn five") was an American human-rated expendable rocket used by NASA between 1966 and 1973. The three-stage liquid-fueled launch vehicle was developed to support the Apollo program for human exploration of the Moon, and was later used to launch Skylab, the first American space station. The Saturn V was launched 13 times from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with no loss of crew or payload. The Saturn V remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status and still holds records for the heaviest payload launched and largest payload capacity to low Earth orbit (LEO) of 118,000 kilograms (260,000 lb).[5][6]

The largest production model of the Saturn family of rockets, the Saturn V was designed under the direction of Wernher von Braun and Arthur Rudolph at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with Boeing, North American Aviation, Douglas Aircraft Company, and IBM as the lead contractors. Von Braun's design was based in part on his work on the Aggregate series of rockets, especially the A-10, A-11, and A-12, in Germany during World War II.

To date, the Saturn V remains the only launch vehicle able to transport human beings beyond low Earth orbit. A total of 24 astronauts were launched to the Moon, three of them twice, in the four years spanning December 1968 through December 1972.

THANKS to Wikipedia for description.

Here is my 1/60th scale model of this iconic rocket and the mobile launch platform that I had done for a client. I had started the design/drawing in March 2014...and assembly was completed in December 2015

The Saturn V at this scale is just over 6 ft tall and the gantry is over 7.5 ft tall !!

. This model has moving gantry arms and crane....and each stage can be separated !!! it also has a Lunar lander with folding legs.

The design and drawing of this model took over 1200 hours and an estimated 2000 hours to print.
This model uses the following colors in PLA and the approximate weights of materials used:

True Red ........10 pounds
True Yellow....... 2 pounds
True White........ 8 pounds
True Black ........4 pounds
Warm Grey .......4 pounds
Cool Grey.........16 pounds
Army Green.......2 pounds
Ocean Blue .... only a couple of ounces.

It was built 99% using 2 Rep2's...and a Z18
The other 1% was Solidscape® MAX2 and a Objet500 Connex

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I've uploaded a Parts List for this project. An Electronic Assembly file is included with the files for those who really want to tackle this beast !!

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Hi from Denmark
it's incredibly nice what you've been doing here,
I have printed the Rocket (to my grandchild) and many of my friends have passed by and looked at your rocket and they are very impressed with your work.
The only problem I have is Lunar Module Adapter doors, how do you print them, nozzle size and layer thickness.?

I'm going to work with the platform, I think there's a lot of plastic in, I'm considering drawing them around like a box and glue the top like a lid to save on support.
is it a stupid idea.
I'm using Autodesk Fusion 360 so I can not use your SolidWorks files but I must be able to read sizes in e-Drawing

Fusion 360 can import solid work files just fine. I have done it but i miss a few bits still.

the command module and launch escape system
and 1st stage is one unit and i would like to have individual bits

i use it as a sort of assembly guide

Yes you are right
I did not know I should upload the files. Now it's all much easier

many thanks for the help

Hello again
I think there missing are some of the files for the Platform in GrabCad in comparison to those in Thingivers STL files

Hi ! Where are the instructions? I open SLDASM file but I can't zoom and explode view with eDrawing

Sorry...There are no instructions. Writing out the instructions would have taken longer than it took me to draw this project. The eDrawing file was as a way to see how to put this beast together.

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Fabulous piece of work!


Any reference picture to see how it look near a person? I think it might be a little too big for my printer :P

click the first picture and see the printer in background

yes its to big if you want to print all parts as a single print

starting to print the comamand module

anyone that can say how they print the rocket nozzles for the escape system?

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Your comments have nothing to do with this printable model on Thingiverse. This model has be checked with the help of other users and engineers for errors and completeness. This model has been completely built by several people around the world.

The model you downloaded from GrabCad is NOT printable !!!

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First...I do thank you for finding the problems with the GrabCad model. I evidently did not upload the final checked model there.!!

I will work on fixing the GrabCad model over the weekend.

However please delete your comment above that has nothing to do with this model. The references might be confusing to other modelers.


Ok, thanks,
meanwhile i measured the sice of revells saturn 5 i have, which is 118 cm from bottom to highest part of save rocket system....so it will fulfill your size of gantry if i will us 41,666 % ?
Greetings, Roland

Hi, this is Roland Hartl from Germany,
I do have a Revell Modell for the Saturn V and would like to print only the gantry,
so I do need (if possible) to have a scale factor for the gantry to fulfill exact size comparison.
The revell scale for the Saturn V is 1:144......if you need i can measure exact length from engine beginning bottom to save rocket hightest point.....
Greetings, Roland ( email: [email protected] )

Hi Roland,
If you scale the gantry parts (which are at 1/60 scale)..to 41.6667% on your printer, the gantry parts will be at the 1/144 scale


Aug 14, 2017 - Modified Aug 14, 2017

Also.. I am printing the different levels gantry floors and I can't locate the Level 80 STLs. Checking the files with eDrawings I see the floor is different than Level 60 and 100 (onwards). Am I missing anything ?

Once again, thaaaaaaaaanks

farscape, could you please upload a photo or a link to check the warm gray color ? I guess it is a lighter gray than the rest, but I can't properly see it in any of the photos. Thanks !

I'm having some issues printing the Stage 1 tank ends. When I attempt to lay them down flat, the still seem to be several layers off of the bed. Caused my taz6/cura to try and print on air. Ended up with a haystack.

Any suggestions?

Awesome!!!!!!!!!! How long did this take u?

1.5 years read the description

Question from a newbe... How to print the curved hull parts? Looking at the stage 1 engine cowl. What orientation? Support structures? Brims? I'm using a lulzbot taz 6.

Then engine cowls I just printed them standing up. Even though they are angled and aren't completely straight in that position, if you have good adhesion to your bed it should be a problem (at least it wasn't for me with PLA and bed at 70 ºC)

just print them with the correct temperature and use supports if needed. also, use vase mode for all the 1-color pieces. use ten precent infill too.

For those who have printed this.. What brand filament did you use? I'm trying to stay away from Makerbot, but am having a hard time finding 2 'warmths' of gray PLA. All the rest of the colors are easily to get figured and working, but those are proving to be the problem.

Jul 23, 2017 - Modified Jul 23, 2017

Try Push Plastic, they have two grey's and sell in greater bulk (up to 25kg reels)


The larger reels are under the bulk section

how big are the platform sections?

The largest sections of the platform are about 10in x 10in x 6in.....if you are going to print those sections in 1 piece.

thanks. my printer can handle that, i will get started as soon as possible.

I will print them in one peice. i have a 300x300x400 printer.

what what the infill percentage? you seemed a little heavy on the plastic, by the way.

I used a 10% in-fill on this project.

The weights given are an approximation, with some added to account for waste and rejects.
Also, the Launch Platform on my model is mostly made from 1 pieces blocks made on a Makerbot Z18, thus more weight.

Jul 14, 2017 - Modified Jul 14, 2017
ArduinoMakes - in reply to farscape1

thanks. I will probably print with no infill on most parts, not fail, just to save money.
maybe I can also reduce the print time by slicing a load of parts together. also, where are the build instructions? (if any)
thanks, thomas

also, thanks for the fast reply;)


Sorry...no I never made assembly instructions for this project. ( I've been pulled into other projects)
I added the electronic assembly file, so it could be a way for people to see how this is put together.
There is the Parts List file that will help you with the quantities.
The one piece of advice, which i found out the hard way....is build the Gantry from the ground up and check the vertical alignment as you add each floor. Sounds a bit like common sense....but the tolerance build-up could make your Gantry lean off center.


Jul 15, 2017 - Modified Jul 15, 2017
ArduinoMakes - in reply to farscape1

thanks for all the help paul.
i look forward to printing this.
also, what are the FIXED/SCALED files in the direct download link?

Jul 5, 2017 - Modified Jul 5, 2017

For those of you with 20x20 cm printers and unable to print the platform I have split all the files into 2. I have also made "1", "2" and "3" blocks hollow and open on the top (same as the rest), with different files for the upper surface. That means 76 parts to be printed to complete the whole platform (instead of 35)

If anyone is interested let me know and I will upload them somewhere !

Jul 14, 2017 - Modified Jul 14, 2017
ArduinoMakes - in reply to cayalag

how big is the original platform? I haven't downloaded the files yet.
btw thanks if the platform is bigger than the CR-10's 30x30 cm.

You are a lifesaver. I would love it if you would upload those files somewhere. Maybe talk to farscape1 and see if he'll credit you and add them to the thing files page?

I will upload them somewhere tomorrow, don't worry ;)

Any update on where your files are? You know it's ok to add a remix that credits the original ... there's already one for the LES.

Sorry it took me a while... I had to stay the whole week away from home for work.
This is link:

Hope it helps someone !

farscape1's Saturn V platform - Files split in 2 for small printers
by cayalag

Hi, I am wondering how to convert the easm file into an stl file, or how to convert the individual components into stl files so I can start printing this awesome project


All the STL files are on the site.
The parts for the Rocket and the Gantry are separated into 2 RAR compressed files.
The individual parts that are outside of those 2 folders, are parts that were inadvertently omitted when I originally uploaded this project.
The EASM file you'll need to use as a rough Assembly Guide if you decide to tackle this monster!!


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Any way we can change the scale factor to a smaller scale like 1/100 or 1/96?

If your printer software has a scale function, I would use that to scale the STL files.
I know some people had scaled it down further,...with mixed results.
If your printer does not, you could go over to GrabCad where I have the 1/60th scale Solidworks files and you could manually change the scale of each part.

Thanks! BTW you might want to rotate the Saturn V 180 degrees in future pics - the 'checkerboard' on the S-II/S-IVB interstage face due west (with the LUT on the left).Otherwise, outstanding job with that model!

LOL Thanks!!

The model is actually rotated correctly now! I didn't notice that before I took the picture and posted it. I'll have to remedy that when I make the Crawler to go under the LUT..

Thanks again for the compliments....and helping find the little mistakes!!


Yes... the Crawler! Great job man...

I love the 1:60 scale, it's small enough to be practical but big enough so smaller rockets don't feel too small and you can get a lot of detail. I'm using what progress I have on my Saturn V (along with my V-2 and Mercury-Redstone) in a presentation at school tomorrow.

Jun 13, 2017 - Modified Jun 13, 2017

Cool !!
Glad you like the scale. It's wasn't my first choice for my build.
When I was originally working on this for Bold Machines/ Makerbot, I originally wanted to make it a 1/35th scale!!!! (so i could put a model tank next to it for scale !!)

At that scale, some of the pieces would have pushed the Z18 printer to the max,...and the rocket would have been over 10 1/2 feet tall!! It would have looked AWESOME in their headquarters. However, due to fire safety code...I couldn't make it taller than about 80 inches high. Well, scaling it down wasn't as impressive to me, so that how the Gantry part came into being...I had to make it more impressive than the "Big Boy" Locomotive I did for them as well.

Somewhere in the future( after other design/ print projects) I will add the Crawler Assembly to this for everyone to enjoy also!!

Crawler !! Crawler !!! hehehe

I moved house and even countries so I stopped printing for a while... I am back in business !! The printer is asking for mercy once again ;)

Cayalag, on your comment that you deleted... Yes, I was mistaken on the parts list. The quantities should be 6x for the J2 engines. 5 for the 2nd stage and 1 for the 3rd stage. I've fixed the parts list with the proper numbers.

Again.....Thanks to you and everyone that has helped find the mistakes and omissions I made in posting this beast!!

Sorry about that ! In fact I thought I was mistaken, as I had not started with stage 2 engines yet... so I thought the part list should say 1x. Then I realized it should be 6, but when I was writing the comment I had to leave the house and never got to it :P

Once again, an amazing job ! ;)

Ah I see, can't wait for that Crawler! (I hope my ceiling is tall enough...)
Now if only I could find an N-1 print of this scale and detail somewhere...

This is amazing can't wait to build it, just have to find a spot in my house for it, how much do you think you spent on filament?

Jun 5, 2017 - Modified Jun 5, 2017
farscape1 - in reply to Austinthemighty

Well....I hope you are sitting down! It will cost you approximately $750...using an average of $30 per 1Kg roll.
My model was made with 99% Makerbot filament. So...roughly 25 rolls at $48......$1200 !!

I was doing the pricing last night and that's what I got for pricing, probably just going to do the rocket then and maybe scale it down some more

Silly question. PLA or PETG or ABS for this? What are most folks using?

HIPS because that's what my school has.

I used PLA on this project.

I have a 1:72 scale Saturn V. Was curious if there is any way this could be scaled down slightly to 1:72 scale? I would love to have a LUT for my 1:72 Saturn V. Thanks for the very inspiring build. Amazing!


Some people have scaled it down to 1/72, but I don't know how successful they were.
The original drawings were to full scale, and I scaled it down to 1/60th and had to modify a lot of parts to print at even that scale. So how it works going smaller is unknown to me. I would try a couple of the smaller pieces of the LUT and see how they print at 1/72

I appreciate the fast reply! I will be attempting to scale the hold down arms this week/weekend, all depending on how much free time I have. I'll keep you posted. Again, thanks for the awesome work!

Does this require dual extrusion?

No..this was primarily printed on a single color Rep 2.

Awesome! I may print this on my anet a8 once it is printing reliably

Most of the parts for this were designed to be printed on a 6in x 11in x 6in build plate (Rep 2) or a 12in x 12in x 18in (z18).
You might have to scale or cut the STL files to fit your build bed.

Do you have an idea of how much Kg's of filament you used for the rocket and the launchpad?

Here's what I have as a rough estimate for the materials.
Cool Grey....... 16 pounds
True Red ...... 10 pounds
True White..... 8 pounds
True Black ...... 4 pounds
Warm Grey ...... 4 pounds
True Yellow....... 2 pounds
Army Green.... 2 pounds
Ocean Blue .... only a couple of ounces.

May 18, 2017 - Modified May 18, 2017

To help out those who are putting the F-1 engine together, I put together a photo set to show in a little more detail how to assemble it.


I printed the engine at 1/24 scare (250%) to be a desktop display for a friend.

Again and again,

Sorry to be boring, but I'm building the second stage, and we have five "LOX Pipe - Center Engine - SCALED.STL". But, in a perfect world, we must have one "LOX Pipe - Center Engine - SCALED.STL" and four "Lox center pipe - scaled".


Can you upload the file please?
Regards, and, again, thanks for all your job! It's really a fun and beautiful project and a lot of work for my printer ;)

May 16, 2017 - Modified May 16, 2017
farscape1 - in reply to sam__th


I've uploaded the 2 parts!

Again....thanks for finding these omissions! It is definitely appreciated ! As you can see, this project is a logistics nightmare!! ( I have 3 versions to keep straight...Full scale model, Scaled print parts, and STL files)

Your printer will be screaming for mercy after this project!! One of my Rep2's has really had a work out...it printed 100% of the Big Boy Locomotive I did for Makerbot and about 70% of the small piece work on this project!

Thanks again for the compliments!!


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Hi Again!

I've printed almost all the second stage parts, but I can't find into the archive the following files :

"LH2 Pipe - SCALED-1", "LH2 Pipe - SCALED-2", "LH2 Pipe - SCALED-3", "LH2 Pipe - SCALED-4" and "LH2 Pipe Center Engine"


Do you have these files?



Sorry about that!! I've upload the 2 files you will need to make those parts and added those parts to the parts list.

Thanks finding those omissions !!


How big is this thing? Pounds of filament??? wow

The rocket by itself is 6 foot tall, the gantry tops out at 7 1/2 feet. I don't have an accurate weight of each color I used, but the entire assembly weights more than 35 pounds.

Hi, Why did you split the "Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Main Tank-1"?

Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Main Tank-1A and Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Main Tank-1B are printed in White, so isn't easier to print directly "Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Main Tank-1"?


The Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Main Tank-1 was split in 2 to work with smaller format printers. When I printed those pieces, my large format printer was tied up on other projects. So, split the ring in 2 so I could print it on my Rep 2. I left the files in the upload in case someone should need them. The single piece file is also in the upload if needed.


Thanks. And I forgot : thank you to share this great project! It's my first big project and I really love it!

Apr 30, 2017 - Modified Apr 30, 2017

You need to print all ??

Yes, this project was designed to be completely printed.

Where can I get the decals for the USA text and the american flags?

They aren't decals. You'll find them in each stage as individual stl files.

Hi again... quick thing.

Working my way up to the top I found a problem... when I slice the "Lunar Module Adapter-Ring - SCALED", no matter what I do I get holes... as the walls are very thin. No clue how to fix that. Any suggestions ? (I tried slicing with 0,4 and 0,3 mm nozzle)


Thanks for finding this problem.
I agree...that those areas are a bit thin.!
I loaded the original STL file in the Makerbot software...and I also see the problem with the STL....but the funny part is....it printed okay for me.
Anyway...I uploaded a new file "Lunar Module Adapter-Ring A" with the wall in those areas 0.010" thicker. You might have to sand the "Lunar Module Tab" pieces down when you got to assemble this section..

You are the best !!!

Tiny thing: "Instrument Unit - SCALED-Ring.STL" is marked as white in the Parts - Color coded file, when if I am not wrong is black.

You are correct!!! Thanks for the find!! I've fixed it in the parts list and posted a new version!!

Apr 17, 2017 - Modified Apr 17, 2017

Hi was just wanted to know how much filament is needed to make this model and the colours. Also would I be able to print this on a printer was a build volume of LxWxH 200x200x180mm

I didn't keep a list of how much of each color I used, but I did a rough calculation for the amount of Red filament, you will need between 8 to 10 pounds for the red parts alone. Grey, depending on how you print the base, could be 14 - 16 pounds.

OK thanks was likely that I will only print the main rocket and i am printing it on a prus i3 rework and will depend time and cost. will post a photos along the way

I am printing it in a 200x200x200 one... You'd need to split some parts into 2, as they are bigger than that. But no biggie ! :P

Apr 17, 2017 - Modified Apr 17, 2017
bailey123123 - in reply to cayalag

How would you suggest I split the parts I use repeater host. also what scale would work best (would 60%)

I am printing it at 100 %... I think it looks impressive, and the smaller you make it, the more difficult would be to print some very detailed parts.

I use tinkercad.com to split the parts as it is very quick and easy (for me).

OK thanks

My printer is asking for mercy and so far I have only finished the 1st stage and half-way thru the 2nd !! This is like a drug, haha

LOL!!! Good luck...and looking forward to seeing pictures of your project!!

Sure !! I will be uploading shortly... I can't even imagine how painful the Gantry is gonna be to print...

The Gantry is going to a logistics nightmare (and your printer is going to scream at you!!). 18 floors of roughly the same parts....about 50 parts per floor!!!

A small piece of advice ( from personal experience!! LOL) ..be sure to use a plumb line or carpenters level when stacking the floors....otherwise with tolerance build-up, you might have the tower start to lean off center.


Plumb line... noted !

By any change do you remember how many kg (or lb) of red plastic you used? I gotta contact (and make happy) my supplier !

I think you will need a minimum of 4 Kg of Red filament. ( with no failures or reprints)

That Stage 2 Aft ring... maybe Im just blind, but I cant seem to figure out how many of black/white to print? A little list of # of parts would help so much? Soon done with all the black parts, though. Almost afraid of how much white this is going to consume :D


There is parts list (PARTS LIST - COLOR CODED.xlsx) under the "Thing Files" that has all the parts listed by the color material I used and the quantities of each piece you will need.


Going blind - confirmed.


No Problem! If you see any other problems...or have any other questions, feel free to ask.


Hi all!

So, now I own a 3d printer (it's a FlashForge Finder) and this Saturn V beast has my attention since I first saw it... what an incredible project! :)

But before I start printing the first parts (I will work myself through from the top to the bottom), I played a little with the included slicer called FlashPrint, and what I saw makes me kind of unsure:


The entry of the CS is somehow permeable, so I guess it also won't be solid, if I print it.

slic3r produces the same:


Even if I scale down the model to 80%, the problem remains (and I really don't want to scale it down, if possible, I'd rather stay with the full sized model).

Does anyone has an idea about how to fix this issue?

I could just edit the model in FreeCAD or whatever to attach a solid ring within the CS, but before that, I would like to understand the problem or somehow fix it in the slicer software...


I am working on the third stage and I can't figure out where the fuel pipe goes. I looked in the e-drawing and it's either not there or I don't know where to look.

the fuel pipe connects to the open LOX intake on the engine and runs parallel to the Thrust Structure to the side of the tank.

Thanks man. It is not in the e-drawing but I can see where it goes now.

Sorry about that! But Thanks to guys like you, that have found mistakes and things I've omitted. Very much appreciated!!

Mar 14, 2017 - Modified Mar 14, 2017

I just need to print "tank mid A" to be ready to assemble the 1st stage.

Is there any particular reason for the tail fin to be separated in 2 parts ? Maybe I am missing something, hehe.

The tail fins were split into 2 pieces just to make it easier to print. I didn't want to clean any support material from the visible surfaces.


I see... you placed them horizontally in the hotbed. Thanks ;)

And by the way... THANKS for this awesome project ;)

What is the size of the bigggest piece?

the biggest piece is a couple sections of the gantry base...roughly 11in (d) x 11in (w) x 8in (h). It was designed to test the capabilities of Makerbot's Z18 machine.

What an awsome model. I am so impressed. thank you so much for sharing your georgeous work.

Mar 22, 2017 - Modified Mar 22, 2017
noisyboy1308 - in reply to noisyboy1308

Now my machine is properly set up for your model. This morning I have started to print the gantry base. I have scaled it down to 78,91%, which should be a 96th scale. Now it should fit to my revell model of the Saturn V. I have been looking for a gantry tower for my model for years, but could not find any in 96th scale. Then I found your model, purchased a 3d printer and learned about 3d printing. Just for this model. With the ability of 3d printing and extraordinary designers like you, I finally can build, what I was looking for so long.
You have my greatest respect.
Thank you so much.

Thanks!! and you're welcome!!

This probably sounds like a stupid question, but do all the parts ending with SCALED have to be scaled? I would assume not because almost all pieces have that, but why then are there some that don't say SCALED?

All the parts are already scaled to 1/60th. Some parts didn't get the uniform naming.

Hello Farscape,

Thank you for this beautiful labor of love.

I am several weeks into my build. I am now assembling the F1 engines. I am going by the fully assembled STL file as a reference. I seem to be missing a piece of the engine.

I have put a snapshot of the piece here:


Could you tell me if there is somewhere I can download it from?

Thanks again,


Thanks for the compliments!!!

I've added the missing parts to the file list.



You are awesome. Thanks!

I've been working on this wonderful model for the past 6 months. I love it, and has been an awesome project. I have most of the rocket done, with the exception of some of the sections of the second stage. The last few weeks, I have been working on the launch tower, which is going nicely. I'm having problems with the hollow launch pad sections though. Can't seem to find a good way to print flat overhanging top areas over a grid infill pattern. I am using supports where needed. To save time and filament, I want to do 10 percent infill. If I increase it to a high infill, this will probably be a better result, but I don't want to a do that. Any suggestions? I'm using PLA.

After doing some research, the the issue is called top layer pillowing. The recommendation I guess is to increase top layer thickness to atleased six layers, and (darn it), increase infill to 25 percent. Can I ask what others have used with the hollow pad sections?

Not sure what your cooling looks like but 3 blower fans in a 120 degree layout will practically print mid air and by the time you get to the 4th layer it shouldn't look bad at all even at 5-10% infill.

My computer is unable to open .rar files. Can you please post the individual .stl files for the parts.

Thank you.

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I really want to print this model, but my computer can't open .rar files.

Can you please post the individual .stl files separately.

Thank you.

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If you download a copy of WinRar you will be able to open the compressed files.

I originally had the individual part files listed, but there was a problem with the "Download All files" function and the part files became digital garbage when downloaded. This is the only solution that would allow me to post the files for everyone.


If you download a copy of WinRar you will be able to open the compressed files.

I originally had the individual part files listed, but there was a problem with the "Download All files" function and the part files became digital garbage when downloaded. This is the only solution that would allow me to post the files for everyone.


Thanks, Normally I don't use "Download All Files".

1) With the pieces available, can this even -be- printed on a Rostock Max V2 at 1/72 scale? (I know they come default at 1/60--I'm trying to do it printing at 83.3%, which seems to be the proper conversion) I'm still living in fear of it not fitting in the printable area of the bed, and I don't know how to cut pieces and make them still valid .stl files. (I have a Dragon Models 1/72 Saturn V and I'm just attempting to print the gantry/base for it using this)

2) Has someone remade this flipping the base pieces so that the flat side is always on the bottom? This just seems to make more sense for 90% of printers out there.

Thanks for the model!

I finally went with 1/60 even though my bed size is 20x20 (cm).
I am now using Simplify3D, and rotating the piece and adding supports is extremely easy.
In order to cut the .stl and make it printable for my printer's dimensions I am using www.tinkercad.com. I just upload the file, cut and download.

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Jan 3, 2017 - Modified Jan 4, 2017
cayalag - in reply to Snickering

I am interested too... no one ?

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I like it. It looks very realistic as if you shrunk the actual thing to a smaller size. Good Job! This should be featured.

I like it. It looks very realistic as if you shrunk the actual thing to a smaller size. Good Job! This should be featured.

now, thats really cool, kudos!

As a Native Texan seeing "BigBird" in her old glory is a sudden surprising urge to squeal like a school girl embarrassing as that is to say.
Some serious hardcore memories growing up around NASA Mission Control in Galveston. Closet city and county is Houston hence the term "Roger Houston".
Great Work looks like Christmas, New Years and Birthday just gave me a triple shot. Enuff ramblings here got any other ideas like some of the other icons or maybe one of the Shuttles possibly?
Mission is GO.

Glad to see this project has so much meaning to so many people!!

Right now, I'm working on some other projects. I hope to come back to this sometime next year, I really want to do the Crawler Assembly to put under this beast!! As for the Shuttle and the Launch System for it....no plans right now. My next big design and possible print projects, are the "Eagle One" from Space 1999 and then the Cheyenne Dropship from "Aliens".

Stay tuned!!

I can't wait!

Estes recently re released their Saturn V model rocket. I had one when I was a kid but never finished it or flew it. I am going to try to print this at 60% of size to adjust for the scale difference. The Estes model is 1:100.

Hopefully will be able to launch from this platform just like the real thing.

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Hi Paul ..... What a lovely project.. thank you ! I'm having some trouble printing out several parts. I'm using Simplify3D as a slicer when I preview it all looks good but when it comes to printing it printing a few layers of support material first before starting to print the main body. I've downloaded the files from GrabCad and have noticed that its base is not parallel with the "top plane"... the filed I've found so far are ... Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Tank Bottom-A.STL, Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Tank Bottom-B.STL, Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Tank Top-A.STL, Saturn V - STAGE 2 - SCALED-Tank Top-B.STL
Do you or anyone else have any ideas on how to fix this?
Thanks heaps Ken

I'm still new to this all but I use simplify3D as well, I've noticed this issue on a few of my projects as well, I just either manually manipulate the model down to the build plate or use the "place surface on bed" (CNTRL+L) this normally fixes the software from automatically placing supports under the model for me. hope this helps

wwould like to print this but can not print it with ints curent scale can some tell me if it would still work reducing its size

I'm not 100% sure it will work at a smaller scale. I originally drew this project at full scale then scaled it down for this project. Many of the super small parts( engines & details) I had to re-draw them slightly larger to be able to print at 1/60th scale.

I have had a fair go at making this, I never realized it would be so large! So far put approx 6-7 500g rolls of filament into it. And I still have to print some of the rockets and tank inner bits as well as the gantry. Looking at approx 2 weeks worth of printing so far!

Expensive in time and money but well worth it!

Yeppers!!! This project is HUGE!!! The rocket alone is 6 feet tall. The gantry will be close to 8 feet tall with the Lightning Mast up. When I get the Crawler drawing done and printed...the entire project will be closer to 9 feet tall!!

This looks awesome! I'm scared to look at the STL files just in case I hit print on a small part....

I am having a lot of fun printing this! I am having trouble printing the Lunar Module Adapter Door pieces though. Can you comment on the best orientation/settings for printing this part? Thanks!

Glad to see you having fun with this beast!!

I printed the doors with a raft and supports on....with the part oriented vertical, just as they would be on the rocket.


I am assuming that the heat shield is the base of the rocket? Which way does it face, bumps pointing to the ground or pointing up? I cannot see it in the EASM.

The top of the F1 Engines fit in the recesses of the heat shield.

Doh, How did I not notice that.. Thank you

I thought I'd give this a shot, I have so far finished printing the Command module, I have run out of white so while I am waiting for my order to arrive I thought I'd tackle the black. I will post pictures as I go.

Another question guys... for this project ABS or PLA ?? I think I am more to the PLA side, as it is easier to print, less headaches with warping in the big parts, etc...

I've never glued parts together. What type of glue are you using for which material ?

Jul 12, 2016 - Modified Jul 12, 2016

Quick question... can it be printer in a Prusa with 20x20x20 cm potential printing dimensions ?

Im using an i3 Hephestos that has 215x210x180 mm but scaled it down to 80% as some big parts do not fit. Saturn V - Stage 1 Tanks Scaled-mid is huuge.

so, scaling every single part to 80% works for your bed size ?

Yep, it also saves a lot of pastic and time.

Perfect... Gonna plan the whole thing then :)

Any suggestion about software to rotate, combine, etc... parts and make it easier to print ? (eg. Stage 1, FLAG - Blue Field, is inclined as I open it...)

Haven't figured that one yet :/ normally I use cura but it doesn't want to cooperate with this one. If you find a way please tell me.

leohf16 did you manage to finish the project? I will finally start this week... I will be using simplify3d

Challenge accepted, I started printing this beast last week. I am using the printing and building of this model as an educational avenue at our University. this not only show the awesomeness that is out there in the 3D world but it may spark someone's imagination to build something of there own. Thank you for sharing this with the community at large Farscape1

2000 hours... Dayuuummm

I was searchng for a new exrtuder and I found this... well... ok... gonna print it !

How do i assemble the J2 engine?

Check out my response to VBS directly below. it will tell you how to work on the J2

I decicided to tackle this beast a few weeks ago now and I have to say that I'm really enjoying this project. Not only is it a challenge in itself printing everything but I'm also finding it very educational as I'm learning about the Saturn as I'm building it as I'm having to refer to pictures and the Internet to figure out how it goes together.
I started at the top and I'm gradually working my way down the Saturn and I've now reach my first J-2 rocket at the base of the S-IVB and I notice that your plans include instructions on how to build the F-1 but not the J-2. I'm wondering if you have any instructions on how all the pieces fit together?


Glad to see someone else is up for this extreme challenge!!! I used A LOT of pictures and drawings when I was designing this beast. It took over 1000 hours of research / design / drafting to get it this far. ( I had other elements of the Launch System that were going to be added...but ran out of time)

If you download the 1-60_SCALE_SATURN_V_and_GANTRY.EASM file, this will help with the assembly. You'll need an E-drawing Viewer. ( if you don't have one, you can download it for free from Solidworks parent company Dasault Systems.) This file will give you a 3-d assembly drawing that will allow you to see how the J2 Engines and the rest of the project go together.
You will be able to use the simple "Move" function at the bottom to move...say the Aft Interstage out of the way and zoom in on the J2 engine as it is assembled.


Thanks Paul. I have to admit that I discovered the edrawing file after I asked my initial question and played around with it so I can see how they go together now. Thanks for responding though.
I'm currently working my through printing all the tiny parts for the J-2 and glueing them together (and not my fingers).
I'd also like to say that as I've worked my way down the Saturn I've really come to appreciate just how much effort you put into this project. It is the mother of all Airfix kits! Lol

Thanks. Glad you found the E-drawing file and can navigate thru it. Making that assembly drawing I felt was the easiest way to show everyone how to put it together....without me writing up a true instruction/assembly manual.

Glad to see so many people appreciate this model, and are attempting to build this beast.

LOL...When I was done assembling this ...I think I actually had more glue on me than what I needed to glue everything together!!

Maybe my next major project I will have time to build it like a true model kit, when there are tabs/slots and alignment points on the big pieces. And possibly actual assembly instructions.


I work for a NASA contractor, for the International Space Station's education program. We're thinking about making a 3D printed, assembelable model of the ISS - and this looks right up your alley!

Can we discuss this by phone or email? Thanks! Dan Barstow [email protected]g

Hi Farscape!

printing this beast.. very far along.. but now I'm stuck at the floors. the floors for the gantry are larger then the build plate size of my printer.. could you do me a solid and resize those for a 20X20 buildplate?

thanks so much :)

This is my first real print. So far so good. My wife will kill me when she finds out how big it is, but love it. Thanks.
The only thing is I wish you could had have a parts drawing where the part go. like step one ,set two and exc. and would had liked more info on the gantry more photos and build steps too. but over all I score this one 100 out of 100. grate work. thank you

Apr 7, 2016 - Modified Apr 7, 2016

Beautiful model! Thank you for posting it.

Although none were killed in flight in the Saturn V, it's important to remember that courageous astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee lost their lives when Apollo 1 burned during a launch rehearsal.

Farscape 1,

Another question from a complete amateur!

So, I am working from the top down and as I write this, the service module care is printing....

I can't see where "Instrument Unit - SCALED-1 TAB" goes.... Can you point me in the right direction?
It seems like the Adapter Module Doors want it to align them to each other???

In your description, you mention an electronic instructions... I can't see them? only parts lists???

Any help???

The tabs you are referring to get glued inside the Instrument unit. They are placed with the existing tab, just on the bottom edge. It was alot easier to print those tabs separately. They are used to help center the Lunar Module Adapter on the top of the 3rd Stage.

Other than the EASM file, I haven't uploaded any assembly instructions. I have gotten pulled on to some other projects and haven't had time to work on it.
The EASM file is an assembly drawing that can be open with an E-drawing viewer. It is a 3-d view of the project without having to use Solidworks to open the huge assembly and part files.


Thanks for that.... I see now after I sectioned it!
I had a jamming problem with my printer but it's up and running again and now printing the service module!
Top job my friend!

Hi guys....
I have made a start on this and working from the top down....

I've printed the Command module and the full LES but I am having a hard time to get good quality on the scaffold....
I am using a Prusa i3 with a PCB heat bead and a e3d V6 hot end.

Can anyone advise on this?
I've laid the parts flat printing .2mm layers PLA at 185 with rectilinear support.

Any help at all????

It's OK....

I figured it out....

I took the two halves and joined them together in CAD, then printed at .15 layers, slowed the print down and dropped the temps a little... printed vertically as on the completed model....

Hey I didn't see it in the comments below but I might have missed it:

Would it be reasonable to find a way to make this by replacing the main cylindrical portions of the stages with metal tubing? I have plenty of resources for getting and machining metal and so I figure it wouldn't be all that much of a challenge to make thin-wall aluminum tube sections and turn them to the right OD/ID where needed, and in theory save a lot of time printing round sections.

In any case that is an ambitious project that looks amazing. I have seen a model of about this size in the Cradle of Aviation Museum and wanted one of my own someday, you might have made it possible!


I've got a build area of 200x200x200mm, What size is the biggest part? If I can't, is there a way around it?

Really want to print this.


If you scale the parts you should be able to print it, everything will just be smaller. You may lose some detailed features though (I'm thinking in the engines) or possibly even have trouble with the ridges in the main body pieces. Only way to know is to try though. Scale down a some pieces and measure some of the thinner sections and see if they are within your printer's resolution.


The biggest parts are about 11 in x 11 in x 6 in, they are the large blocks of the Platform. The 1st and 2nd stage tank sections are about 9 inches in diameter. Also there is various other parts that are longer than 8 inches that would be beyond your print size. This project was designed for and printed on Makerbot's Z18 (12in x 12in x 18in) and Rep 2's. (6in x 6in x 11in)

There is a couple of ways around it.
One is the software Magics by Materialise, which will allow you to slice up the parts into smaller pieces.
Or if you can work with the scaled Solidworks part files, you could download this project from GrabCad, and cut up the parts to fit.

Reply to farscape1

No I do not.

Ok...you'll need to get a copy of an E-drawing viewer. The EASM file is a 3-D assembly drawing that will allow to you view the completed assembly without needing the original parts or assemblies. I added that file for everyone to use as a crude assembly procedure.

This model is truly awesome. Having come of age in the 60's I watched every Apollo launch and this model brings back great memories. I'm going to give printing it a shot. Don't know where I'll put it when I finish.


I'm really glad to see this project has such a deep connection for you!!! It has been great to see this project being appreciated by soooooo many people around the world....and several of them printing this beast for themselves!!!

Keep you sanity, if you give this a shot!!! When I was printing this, I had literally piles of red, grey, black and white parts all over the place!!

My model is safely hiding in the corner of my basement. However, I could see about putting it in the lobby of the company I work for. We actually had parts on the Saturn V, that measured vibration and acceleration during launch. I would have to build a huge display case!!!

If you have any questions when you are building, you can email me at [email protected]
Good luck with your build !!


Mar 3, 2016 - Modified Mar 3, 2016

Have one more problem that I hope someone can help me with. Can't open EASM file.

Do you have an E-Drawings viewer?

Got it,thanks. Looks like a lot of hours of printing ahead .

Not all that great with computers, can't use rar files. Are the stl files still available?

Unfortunately not as individual files. I had to re-upload the files as RAR files because there was a problem when the "Download All Files" was selected. When people were downloading the files, file names of the individual files became just a string of numbers and letters. So the RAR file compression was the only solution.

Install 7zip it is free and very easy to use. Just install it then right click on the .rar or .zip file and choose extract to (file name)
and you will have the .stl files


Three questions:

Lunar Module Adapter -> Instrument unit - Scaled 1 TAB Where do these go? I don't see a connection point on the black ring.

Service module: I love that it has detail, but the tanks inside can't be painted. Would it be hard to remove the tanks and print them separately? (I am so new I don't know how this is done.)

Service module: Lower radiators: Did you glue yours permanently on? Seems a shame to hide the internals.

Three Answers!!!

The Scaled 1 TAB goes on the inside of the Instrument unit ring.. They mirror the tabs that are already attached to the ring. They are strictly to help center the ring between the sections.

I modified the parts for the Service Module. If you email me I will send them to you directly. My email is [email protected]

The lower radiators I glued on permanently.


A month ago I had never touched a 3D printer. Another department got the bright idea to buy one, then they figured out they had neither the skills to assemble one, the space to operate it, or the time to learn how. So I wound up with it. I directed some students to find something to test print when they found your project.

Now I have no time for anything but building this! I mean, if you are going to commit, commit to something huge!

I started at the top, with the LEM, figuring even if I couldn’t finish it, I would get a nice desk ornament. Although it is challenging, in only a month I have almost completed the Command, Service, LEM, & LEM Adapter: just finishing up some parts on the Service module that don’t want to print correctly (radiators for some reason).

Here are some tips:
The LEM landing legs are challenging. Paul did them in metal. I don’t have those resources. So on the STRUT FRAME, first use a sewing needle to make a small indention in the side, then use a dremel type tool (the knock off I have has a very small tip) and a variable speed drill to very gently poke a hole on each side of the STRUT FRAME. Then use the Dremel to grind off the bump on the end of the legs and once you have it trimmed to fit, use the above technique to put a very tiny hole in the top of the leg. Now you can join them with a stripped piece of CAT 5 cable and you got a hinge that will not fail. Use more wire for the X and Y brackets and you can make the legs fold up like a pro! Paint the bottom in Gold reflective spray paint like the foil on the real one and you can’t see the wires.

Before you assemble the command module, find some tiny neodymium button magnets, like the kind on a name badge, but try to get them smaller. Put one inside the nose cone and some around the bottom. Then you will be able to get the parts to lock together and take them apart. I had to drill a small hole in the top of my LEM and drop one in, but they can dock now. If I knew how I would modify that part of the LEM to put the magnet in from the print job.

Paul: Service Module part (2) CENTER-TANK. Where the devil do these go?

Finally, is there a place I can upload pictures of my finished print job?

First...glad to see you are committed to project!!
Second...Glad to see your modifications. (magnets in the command module)

I'm really glad to see everyone is enjoying this project !!

The CENTER Tank goes in the wedges in the central opening in the Service Module just under the Command Module. I found an outline drawing showing a spherical tank in that approximate location.

Pictures can be uploaded by clicking on the " I Made One" button at the top of the page.

Hi Farscape 1,

I love your project. Sincerely, it is the best one I have seen in Thingiverse so, congratulations!!!. I am printing some parts and trying to adapt others because I want to make it fly like a real rocket.

Thank you very much for being this awesome and sharing with us this amazing thing!!!

Best regards

Thanks for the compliments!!

Glad to see soooooo many people enjoying this project !!!

If you get it to really fly.....I would love to see video!!


Hi awesome person,
I'm printing some parts now. My problem with the up scaled F1 is I cannot find the gimbal part that sits on top the LOX dome. I can see it in your drawings but it is not in the STL files . I've printed almost all F1 parts in 1:30 and I'm in the process of assembly. Any Ideas where I can get the F1 service manual (310 MB) It used to be somewhere in a NASA 's web server but not anymore.

The gimbal part that you are referring to is I drew as part of the LOX dome, just a simple cylinder. I tried to add as much detail as I could, but had to leave some out, given the small scale I had to print this. Originally this project was only going to be the Saturn V vehicle....at 11 feet tall.!! But due to fire safety regulations from the client, I had to scale it down.

Sorry, I can't help you with the service manual.... I created the drawings for the F1 engine from only 2 dimensions...the height and the diameter of the nozzle.....and tons of pictures!! LOL


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Hi Farscape1,
really amazing work. I was 9 when the Apollo program ended, with just enough TV around to have made an everlasting impression.
Still regret that I will never be able to see a Saturn V liftoff.
Printing the whole Saturn is a bit to much for me, but as I am an absolute fan of the F1, I am currently printing one at scale 2.0, this will just fit on the printer bed and height clearing. I will add some pictures once completed.
To satisfy my curiosity (and maybe already answered in one of the many comments below), what did you use as reference, did you have blueprints?

Greetings in total awe from the Netherlands.


Hi Eric!!

Thanks for the compliments!!! I'm glad this project has brought back some memories!!!

For this project...I used no blueprints at all !!! LOL

For the F1 engines...I only had 2 dimensions...the diameter of the nozzle and the height. The detail and parts were derived from pictures and cut-away drawings I found on the web.

The same goes for the rest of the rocket and gantry.!!! I found some outline drawings that gave the height and diameter of each stage. Other rough outline drawings gave the center line position of the rocket relative to the gantry...and swivel point of the gantry arms. The details on both the gantry and rocket were derived from any pictures I could find and some cut away drawings.

My original model in drawn at full scale!!!....so things look even closer. When I scaled it down..I had to rework some of the drawing to be sure they would print properly! I tried to make this project look as close to the real thing as I could, given the time constraints I was originally under and the size I had to scale it down to.

Thanks again and if you have any other questions about this project...please let me know.!! And...if you do....you can email directly at [email protected]


Ok... My face has just melted!
I have made a start and just printed the command module but even with that in my hand and knowing that it's 7 1/2 feet tall, you never get how enormous this is!.... until I saw the parts laid out.... Holy cow!

Still, my boy will love this!

BTW Itt19, if you want inspiration, Check out Saturn V on YouTube!...

I already ordered the ABS for the Rocket! This sure will be a nice attraction in my house!

COOOL!!! I hope the pics i added help. Sorry I don't have a picture of the Lunar Lander yet. I still have to assemble it.


Thanks!!! When I was originally contacted to create this beast, I was only going to make the Saturn V....at 1/35th scale!!!! That was going to make the rocket over 10 1/2 feet tall !!!! I was going to make the 1st and 2nd stage tanks on a Makerbot Z18. The diameter of the tanks at that scale would be close to the max build of the printer!! But I had to scale it down to keep it under 8 foot tall, So I decided to add the gantry to make it more impressive at the smaller scale.!!! I think somewhere down the line....after I get a couple of other projects done....I might actually make this at 1/35th scale....since I have the F1 engines already printed!!!

I'm so glad to see some many people enjoying this project!!

This has to be one of the best models on here (for me at least)
I will add my make soon but I'm working on my printer right now...
Thanks again,


Congrats Man! I'm willing to print this model, but i need courage to do it and doom my prusa i3 to a 2000+ hour work! Do you have more pictures of the printed model?


I've uploaded a few more pictures I had when i was printing the rocket. If you need more for close up details...let me know and I will get them added.


As of this moment..no I don't have any more pic of the printed model. But I will try to add some over the weekend.

Thank you a lot!

Beautiful model! I really want to do this, but wonder if an Ultimaker 2 Extended is big enough - 8.75x8.75x12in build volume. I saw an earlier post where you said the biggest parts were 11x11x6in, so I'm thinking not.
OH, and I really, really like your Big Boy project, too!


The biggest pieces are sections of the platform, if you wanted to print them as one piece. Those sections were modified to fit a 6x6x12 build. The only other pieces are parts of the 1st and 2nd stage that were made on a Z18. If necessary I could cut them down for smaller builds....or if you can work with Solidworks part files....I have the files up on GrabCad that can be modified.

OK, thank you for that info. If they will print in 6x6x12, then looks like the Ultimaker should do it then except for the 1st and 2nd stage parts. Unfortunately, I do not have access to Solidworks or a Z18, so that would be great if you could cut them down. Now if I can just find the PLA. LOL looks like a serious shortage of those gray tones.

If you like....I can email the modified parts to you directly.
My email address is [email protected]


Absolutely awesome, email on its way! Thanks a ton, Paul!

Okies....will get the 1st and 2nd stage tank parts cut...so they fit on the small print area over the weekend.

Wow! Over 2000 parts! That's a lot of CAD work!
Well done on such an awesome project!
I really want to build this and it will be done in stages over a very long time and I think I'll need a new printer but the end of it! Lol...

Great work!

Thanks for the compliments!!

Well, maybe by the time you finish printing these 2 parts of this beast...I will have the 3rd part ready for everyone......the Crawler that would transport this to the launch pad!!

So far my two Rep 2's have survived printing this beast...and the Big Boy Locomotive for Makerbot!! LOL

Jan 25, 2016 - Modified Jan 25, 2016

Thanks farscape for your wonderful design !!!
I start to build the lunar lander but I am a little confused about the pivot frame and strut frame, they look like the same part but different in size.
Which one I should print?

Saturn V Rocket and Gantry

Ugh....sorry about that!! The Strut frame is the correct one. The pivot frame part was modification I was working on to make the strut a little bit thicker...easier to print.

Thanks for the clarification. I'm printing right now the last 4 strut frames and let you know how the assembly is working.
Some other issue, the diameter of the lunar module thrust chamber pin is way bigger than the hole in the lunar lander descent part.
Maybe is my printer but I had not this problem with the accent module and the accent thrust chamber. Do you have a picture on how the lunar lander engine is positioned on the bottom of the lunar lander descent module?

Jan 26, 2016 - Modified Jan 26, 2016
mmanea2002 - in reply to mmanea2002

Ok, this is a must, for the 30:1 Lunar Lander you need to print the Pivot Frame !!!
There are small dimensional differences, will not affect the angle of the leg and are more sturdy.
Printed with PLA, 0.15mm layer, 2mm shell, 100% infill.
Anyhow all the legs and struts will be covered with aluminium "insulation" like the original and the differences in diameter will not be seen

The most surprising part of this is that you were able to print the entire thing on a makerbot.

Well....about 99% was done on Makerbot printers. I had access to a Solidscape® MAX2 and a Objet500 Connex printers. So a few pieces were made of metal for durability and a couple of pieces were just easier to clean using the Connex printer.

Jan 24, 2016 - Modified Jan 24, 2016
lfenske - in reply to farscape1

Still. Impressive for a breakerbot

For the money you spent on that z18 you could have gotten an AON 3d printer. Just would have to wait a little longer.

It has independant dual extrusion, a fully heated bed, and water cooled hot ends. It also sports a much larger 18x18x25 inch build volume.

I don't think that's fair..
while Makerbot certainly has it's share of issues and while I would never buy one, I think the printers are fine as long as proper care is taken.. unfortunately they have been marketing towards people new to 3D printing and then something has gotta give..
I have multiple friends that are running makerbots without issues but they are very experienced in the 3D printing field.

I would never buy something like an AON 3d printer. unproven technology from an unproven company. they haven;t even send them out yet.. at this point Makerbot has a product out there that you can hate or love, but AON has nothing out there.

I don't dispute the fact that it might be a great printer! but it will differ to a completely different audience. while Makerbot targets the ones that are new to the printing field and professionals alike, the AON is more appealing to the tinkerers and the ones with experience. I can guarantee you that someone new to 3d printing will break that AON printer within the day..

You're somewhat right. The AON is somewhat unproven. Although it uses two E3D V6 volcano hot ends, which are pretty much as good as hot ends get, and have had more than their fair share of field time.

On paper the AON wins on pretty much every level. Yes, on paper pretty much means nothing, but when you consider that the gen 5 series of makerbot has been pretty much nothing but a failure, because of their new extruders, you can assume it won't get much worse from a company who has spent the time and effort to provide their costumers with heated beds, water cooled hot ends, and simplify 3D slicing software with their purchase.

I work for a rapid prototyping company out of Kansas City. As you may imagine, 3D printing is a bit of an interest of mine. The company I work for replaced our replicator 5 with an ulitimaker because of it's constant need to replace the extruders. As far as consumer grade 3d printers go we also have in shop, an ultimaker 2 extended, and 2 luz bot taz 5's. In addition to that I myself own a ROBO R1 plus and a FlashForge creator pro. I have never had more problems with any of these than I had with the shops makerbot.

The fact is, yes every printer requires maintenance and care, but the gen 5 makerbots require a redesign.

"I guarantee you someone who is new to 3d printing will break that AON". Maybe, but notice my comment was directed towards this guy, who obviously has experience.

I guarantee YOU that someone who is new to 3d printing will break the z18, because everyone who uses them breaks them, because their extruders are prone to failure. The thing is, is that no one who is new to 3d printing is going to drop 7 GRAND on a 3d printer. They're gonna buy a cube, or some shit like that.

If makerbot were a car company, they would make a car with touchscreen navigation, bluetooth connective radio, pop out movie screens, and NO engine. They're to concentrated on bells and whistles. In fact in my opinion, the only GREAT product I have ever used of makerbot's is the was the 2x. Which is basically an overpriced creator pro. The replicator 2 was ok, but only printing PLA won't do much for an engineer.

In other words. Yes I trust a company I know absolutely nothing about more than makerbot.

I love being somewhat right. At least its better than incorrect.

I don't really want to respond on the whole AON point.. until a printer has done 1500+ hours of real world printing I will wait to form an opinion. Yes it uses components that work well in other printers. that gives very few guarantees. for instance, I believe AON is very vague on the electronics point. in my opinion, the cabling and the electronics is where the biggest improvements are to be made, not in watercooling stepper motors or having hot ends run hotter.. first get better quality prints, then get different prints, but that just might be me. So I will list the AON right now as an unproven printer until I see actual people using it and I have been able to touch it..

on the subject of Ultimakers.. I actually run 3 of the UM2 model 24/7.. So I have a bit of experience with them :) for every thing that could have been better on the Makerbot, I can name you 2 on the Ultimaker 2. still, I love those printers since I know how to handle them and I reach a 99 percent succes rate with my prints..

While I appreciate your guarantee, it does not help you prove your point.

give a kid an expensive toy and it will break. it's a simple as that. take a look at the Ultimaker forum and you will find loads of people that broke the printer due to lack of proper care and maintenace. some as soon as 150 printing hours.. some don't even last a week..

I also would like to refer you to the actual market trends as far as your prediction\fact around people buying new printers. It turns out that people that are new to 3D Printing at this point in time, are actually the people that have disposable income. The MakerBot scores very high with those people, so does the Ultimaker 2. these are ready to go printers that are advertised and perceived as high quality printers. So yes, many newcomers to 3D printing actually drop 3, 4, 5K or more since they have that disposable income and the opinion is in most cases that spending more in the beginning will save you money later on. Not my opinion, but a proven trend.

but since we are talking about opinions, I have one too :) surprisingly :)
I think the great thing that Makerbot was in to introduce the concept of the ready to go printer in a box. you went into a store, buy one, set it up, and ready to print. say what you want but they made 3D printing mainstream.

While I don't own a MakerBot and I can think of many improvements, I think immature comments like calling them "BreakerBots" and not helpful and not really respectful for the designer that was actually paid by Makerbot for designs like these..

I can settle with that. Although... I did just see. Makerbot has just come out with their all new smart extruder, which according to them, makes your printer as reliable as it should have been out of the box, for just a small $200 price tag. Thats one thing do love about the gen 5 design, the ease of upgrade, because its so modular. A ne extruder just plugs right in, however, 200 dollars??? It should be free to all their gen 5 costumers. Maybe next they'll come out with a new slide in heated bed for just $500.

That being said, you rave about the ultimaker 2. I'm not a huge fan. Sure, its fast, and reliable, but because of the lack in filament cooling, (that they fixed in the 2+) they suck with bridges and overhangs. In FACT I get better prints from my 800$ robo r1 plus. (which, by the way is the only good printer robo has ever come out with, the others were shit.)

Anyways, my original comment stands. Yes, I'm very surprised he was able to print the majority of this rocket with makerbot printers... Unless he was using like a replicator 2 for the majority of it.

some additional concerns, just prepping the print;
for the solid platform pieces, inside the Gantry-Scaled then Platform-Scaled
according to the Excel file, there should be part 1 to 11 as solids, but there are only part 1, 2 and 3.

for the smaller printers, section 6(A, B etc.) section 7 and 8 are not printable since they are about 30 cms long on one side, which is larger than most printers. could you cut this into pieces?

also, there is a section 4C1 and 4C2 which is not referenced in the Excel file :)

please don't take my post as ungrateful, I'm trying to print this and trying to help you get a complete file :)

Thank You!!!

No....I don't take posts like this as someone being ungrateful....I am GRATEFUL....I welcome the feedback if there is something wrong. This was such a massive project, I was bound to miss something!!

I added the 4C1 and 4C2 parts to the parts list....and added a separate file for the Solid Platform blocks.

Before I chop up the other sections, Can you work with Solidworks part files? If you can...I have this model up on GrabCad that can be modified for smaller printers. If not...I will cut the parts down. What is the max build area on your printer?



max building area is 23X23X22 (Ultimaker 2) but I think if you cut the parts into 20X20X20 you should reach a very large audience, since most rpinters would be able to do that..
I don't really have the experience to work with cad files so if you could be so kind...

Could you also add the colors you printed them with to the parts files? I'll add comments as i go along :)

this is fantastic work.. I'll be dedicated an Ultimaker 2 extended+ to create this piece. will try to make a timelapse

Thanks!! That would be great to see the timelapse!!

well, hope to start printing next week for this and timelapses of the prints itself should be fairly easy to do. timelapses of the builds might be more difficult.
would it be an option for you to update the parts lists with the colors you used to print?

hello,for this model,do you printe as the file or scal up?


For this project, the parts are scaled to 1/60th in the STL format.
If you need to change the scale, I have the Solidworks part files up on GrabCad, that you could modify.

Jan 21, 2016 - Modified Jan 21, 2016

so how much filament do i need to tackle this project? this is amazing! hopefully my Robo3d Plus can survive this! what resolution did you print this at?

it will take you between 25 and 30 rolls of 1 Kg filament. I did most of this project on a medium resolution.

You better believe that my printer is going to work. However it looks very complicated to put together.

It can be a bit challenging!!. I think most complicated assembly is the F1 and J2 engines. Unlike a proper model kit with locating pins and tabs to line the parts up, I wasn't able to add those features in time.

Well, I don't know about you, but I know what my printer is doing for the next 2000 hours.

You deserve a medal for this. It's absolutely awesome, in the literal sense. I am in awe.


LOL....I wonder...what is the record number of hours on a Rep 2? I know I've put my main printer through a torture test. Between a majority of the prints for this project....and the complete build of the Big Boy Locomotive for Makerbot 2 years ago...my Rep 2 needs a vacation!!!

Great model!!! You have put such detail into something so great. I love it.
Even just building one of the first stage engine would be great but I have begun and hopefully will finish the whole thing.
Might just print a few extra engines and give them away. I know a few people who'd love just that.
Thanks again for sharing and looking forward to more from you.

Thanks!! Glad you like it !!!

I know it's not fair to ask you for a complete detailed explanation on how you printed this. But there are small details on the Lunar Lander, Accent Module and Engines that I just can't see a FDM printer doing; or I'm just not doing it right. Would that be where you used a different printing method?

Jan 22, 2016 - Modified Jan 22, 2016
farscape1 - in reply to jonwally

No worries!!!!

Almost all the detail pieces for this project I did on Low resolution on a Makerbot Rep2......and only 1 piece at a time. I got the best results that way...when the extruder had to move between multiple parts...I found it wouldn't be able to begin extruding again fast enough to start the next piece.

The engines were done the same...single piece builds at mostly low resolution.

The legs on the lander, I did get to print, but because I needed durability (extreme repetitive folding) of the legs...I had the leg braces, blast shields and leg brackets cast in metal. I had access to a Solidscape® MAX2 to print at .001 inch resolution..which created a the parts in wax for casting. If you don't plan on having the legs opened and closed hundreds of times...printing it at low resolution will work.

The only other piece that will be a little more work is the Anti-Sway bar on the top of the Gantry. It was originally to be printed on a Z18...but I had it printed on a Objet500 Connex...which made removing the support material much easier.

I hope this helps with your build,

Thanks it does. I will have to give them more of a go. I may have the legs and small details out-sourced or made out of metal. But I will see. Not looking for durability just great show piece and make sure you get credit. As it sits I'm 2/3 done the first stage tank. No engines or letter insets. My filament supplier is out of stock in all the colours I need but white.

There's been a lot of discussion about this print and now HatchBox is saying there's roughly a 4-month lead time on white PLA...is this because of us building this (primarily white) gigantic Saturn V replica?

Lol...no I wiped out Makerbot of the True White, True Red and Cool Grey !!!!

Figured it was someone printing this, haha. Plenty of black and grey to keep me busy! And I was mistaken, its a 4-6 week lead time.

This is fantastic, outstanding job. Those were the days, that one day in July when the world was one.

Really an amazing job! You can definitely see the enormous amount of time needed to accomplish such a task. Thanks for sharing!!!!

Thanks, and your welcome!!

You are THE man !!! I think after this, my Prusa will deserve a nice vacation !

Are the rocket engines solid or can you flow something through the tubes and stuff?
BTW im totally going to print this (i might even scale it up)


The pipes and turbos on the engines are solid. At the scale I printed this...it was a lot easier to print that way.
If you want to, you can go over to GrabCad...where I have the Solidworks parts...you could modify/ re-scale the parts from there!!

I was...and might some day continue working on my 1/35th scale of this....I wanted to make it in scale with some of the tank models I've done. At that scale the Saturn V would be 10 1/2 feet tall!! I have the F1 engines printed...just need to assemble them!!

Keep your sanity when building!! LOL
But if you have any questions when building you can email me at ... [email protected]


Did you ever thing of printing the new SLS rocket and mobile launcher?

Sorry..no. The only project that might get added to this monster is the Crawler assembly to put under this beast. LOL

I have a couple of other projects lined up that I want to design and print.....including the Cheyenne drop ship from ALIENS... Serenity from FIREFLY. I'm currently back working on the Tender to go with the Big Boy Locomotive I did for Makerbot 2 years ago.

thanks! i was also wondering what scale this rocket is. good luck on your 1/35th scale!

Sorry....this project is 1/60th scale!

okay boys and girls I have stared the build of this I JUST LOVE IT

EPIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's huge.


I really think it belongs up there!!! LOL

I'm in absolute AWE!

This is just wow.HUGE thinks for sharing this.

You're welcome!! Glad you enjoy it!!

Great design!!
I have started printing it, but I only have a small UP Mini, so cutting allot of big parts to fit.
But the base is to much, so I am going to make that of metal, then only print the gantry and rocket.


If you can work with Solidworks parts....I have the model also up on GrabCad...if it would make it easier to cut the parts down to fit your printer.

I'm going to build this full scale and I'm going to Mars, who is with me? Awesome project!


I'm trying to figure out what size motors I could put in this thing to launch it!! LOL

I was in awe of this when I first saw it, Thought I'd atleast print out a F1 for the heck of it, and OMG!!!! the attention to detail is total next level stuff, you good sir have lost your mind.... and I hope you never get it back!!. going to proceed with this, thank god I make filament for a living.

keep up the amazing work.


Thanks for the compliments!! LOL....lost my mind forever...especially since I did the Big Boy locomotive for Makerbot 2 years ago...then jumped right into this project!!! And now...i'm back on the Tender to go with the Big Boy...and I keep trying to add more detail to it too!! LOL. Once the tender is done....I'm going to draw the Cheyenne Drop Ship from ALIENS and then Serenity from FIREFLY!!! After that....I might come back to this project and add the Crawler to go under this beast!!

Glad you enjoyed it!!


SERENITY!!! And then the Drop Ship! Love both of those!


Well....I'll have to do the Cheyenne first.....cause when I get to SERENITY....I will need a lot more time. I have a feeling that I will go crazy and try to put as much interior detail in it as possible.!!!! LOL And I know I will want all moving parts too!!!

Dockable shuttles???

Dockable shuttles, Rotating engines, opening bay door.....need I say more? LOL Yes...I go a little crazy on some of my drawings!!

LOL... I have to do the Cheyenne first.....I have a friend working on the APC...so..I figured I need to do the drop ship to with it!!
Serenity is on the list !!!! It will be started soon.....unless something "shiny" comes along and sidetracks me in another direction!! LOL

seeing that I am committing to this madness... advice on printing and building??? in the instructions that are coming where do they start?

LOL....if you are going to tackle this entire project...first thing you need....Patience!!! LOL

But seriously....especially with some of the smaller parts like the ones for the engines....if you are printing as the 1/60th scale..i had better success printing single copies. Printing multiple copies of the same part in the same build, I often had print errors. If you build the gantry..you will need lots of clamps clamps and levels. Be sure to build from the ground up....so you can have better control on the tower being square and plumb. I built the tower in several large sections...then tried to mate it to the platform. That didn't work out....I had to scrap the first 3 floors, to get the twists out.

Same with the rocket, I had to work from bottom up so I could get things lined up when gluing, especially the Interstage section. As for the Lunar Lander....the folding framework will be a little tricky to print I did get them to print in PLA...but I needed durability and had access to a casting process...so my lander is partly metal.

If you don't have access to a larger build printer (Makerbot Z18)..I have this project up on GrabCad with the Solidworks files, so the parts can be modified to fit smaller printers.

The full instructions I'm still working on. I have a rough F1 instruction in the Parts List.

I hope this helps, but if you have any further questions, you can email me at [email protected]


great job I have started my print today guess my printers will be working over time

Fantastic My grandkids will love it!

Start printing now and you'll have a few years before you need to get married! :-)

Jan 17, 2016 - Modified Jan 17, 2016

To clean up this page and have it better organized for everyone... All the part files are now in the 2 RAR files for download.

Also....download each of the 4 files individually...The mass download option seems to be the problem with the file names being corrupted.
Waiting to hear from Thingiverse on a fix for this problem


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His upload on GrabCad of the same model is done in SolidWorks.

Sketchup is quite powerful and one of the most overlooked free 3d creation tools available today. Best of all...Sketchup is very simple to use and easy to learn.

I've played a little with Sketchup I do like it for some things,...but I've been using Solidworks since 2004, so I usually stick with it.

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Amazing...a literal and figurative 3D printing moonshot!

I had an AMT plastic model of this rocket in 1:144th scale long ago which had everything made to seperate including lunar lander in 2 halfs to show what was left on moon. had 3 N scale astronauts in command module seats also. I done a long show and tell with it in the ^th grade using booklet that came with model (in 1969) right after the 1st moon landing. it was very cool and the whole class enjoyed it. I built another like 20 years later among hundreds of other models in my lifetime. was disappointed in the space shuttle model in the 80s due to its large tank being warped bad when molded. I had every rocket made in 1:144 scale at the time as I was very interested in that tech growing up during the 'space race' and sci-fi movie years. the AMT model would make an excellent model to emulate. I cant imagine how you modeled the gantry as it was never done. great work! the 1:144 scale would be only a bit over 2 foot tall though and more fit to a home display.

Thanks for the compliments!! I'm glad this project brought back some great memories for you!!!

The gantry was done by using A LOT of pictures and a few original outline drawings and rough blueprints that I was able to scrape together from the web.

I tried to make it look as accurate as I could in a given time frame that I had to build it. I even found some drawings of the LOX and Fuel lines that run up the side and out to each gantry arm. I was going to add that detail..but I ran out of time. It may find it's way on here sometime in the future, because some of the modeling is done. But I have some other projects lined up....such as completing the tender for the Big Boy Locomotive I did 2 years ago for Makerbot...and then the Cheyenne Drop Ship from "Aliens"... then I think "Serenity" from "Firefly"!!!

This is just awesome! You rock!


I have been waiting for this my entire life!!! Of course now I will likely take the rest of it to print this! :-)

Many thanks. This is amazing! I can't wait to get started, but first I have a lifetime of my own projects to get cleared.

LOL Glad you like it!!!

Can't wait to see someone else print this monster!! Somewhere in my line of projects...I do want to do the Crawler to put under this beast!!! I'll have to see how crazy I am when I do it...cause I'm thinking about making the Crawler....Motorized!!

But I also have to clear some of the projects I have lined up first!!

Amazing project! Chapeau!

For everyone that is having problems with the file names. I've added 2 ZIP files that is all the parts organized by stage or levels of the gantry.
The files are GANTRY - SCALED.zip and Saturn V - SCALED.zip.

Jan 16, 2016 - Modified Jan 16, 2016
saclark - in reply to farscape1

WinZip reported problems with both GANTRY - SCALED.zip and Saturn V - SCALED.zip after repeated downloads. Gave up and peeked inside of them with a text editor and discovered they're RAR archives not ZIP. Changed the file extension to RAR and now they open just fine with WinZip.

An amazing project! I'm going to give it try...at least some of it.

Thanks.....re-uploaded the zip files with as RAR files.

Jan 15, 2016 - Modified Jan 15, 2016

incredible, fantastic, great, awesome. It's not my job, I'm not so patient :D
What is your job ? You probably jobless: D


No...I do have a day job. This was actually done at night and weekends over the past 2 years.

Some people have pation, some have time, you had both for this

This is freaking AWESOME!


Wow... this is EPIC !

Do you know hot much it weight ? Just to estimate the price of raw material ?
And, when you say it took 2000 hours to print, is it with tests parts you throw in garbage, or it's an approximate of how much time it would take to print if someone want to print this project ?


It weights less than 50 pounds....and it took between 25 and 30 rolls (2.2 lb). The way I printed the platform made it the heaviest part. Many of the sections of the platform I printed as a single large (11in x 11in x 6in) block....and each of those blocks took almost 90 hours to print...so platform alone took over 700 hours to print. I changed the design of the platform sections to make it easier, cheaper and faster to print.

The approximate 2000 hours to print depends on the resolution and the in-fill. Some of the parts I printed at the Rep 2's low resolution...others at high resolution, however most project was printed at the standard resolution.


Stunning project!!!! Congratz!

Absolutely stunning! Well done!

I'll just pick my jaw back up off the floor....
Outstanding mate, that's just a thing of beauty.


You are INSANE! But in a very admirable way!

Thanks!!! LOL I know.!! I need to be committed!! Especially when you look at the time it took me to do this project, following right on the heels of the EPIC project I did for MakerBot in 2014.....The Big Boy Locomotive...here on Thingiverse!!


All I can say is WOW!!! I hope I have time enough some day to tackle this! You are a Truly Awesome Individual!!!!!

Thanks for the compliments!! Actually....Crazy Individual would be more accurate!! LOL
I did this project on the heels of the EPIC project I did for MakerBot in 2014.....The Big Boy Locomotive...here on Thingiverse!!

AND>.....the Big Boy will be getting an update in the next couple of months....the tender that goes with the locomotive is nearly done being designed...and is about 1/2 done printing.


This is incredible! You sir have won the internet for today! I could imagine going to a museum exibit to view this. Hats off to you!

Thanks for the compliments!!! Funny you say you could imagine this as a museum exibit....a designer that commented on this a while ago said he was going to print it at a much larger scale to be placed on an aircraft carrier museum!!!


How many roles of filament to print this

Jan 15, 2016 - Modified Jan 15, 2016
farscape1 - in reply to Patdubs

Between 25 and 35....it took about 12 rolls of just the True Grey for the platform, floor plates, engines and service module.
and about another 10 Red and 6 White...and about 4 Black, 4 Warm Grey.


Incredible, the amount of effort which has been put into this. That filelist is insane :D Not sure if i will be printing this, but well done designing this!

I'm going to try to simplify/ organize it better by uploading ZIP files for each stage, or section of the gantry as suggested by another designer a bit earlier today.


Jan 15, 2016 - Modified Jan 15, 2016

Wow, the ultimate 3D printing project. What detail, amazing. Even the command module and lunar lander ! For those of us who remember the Apollo moon landings the Saturn V was a beast. Go to Kennedy Space Center in Florida and see one up close to get an idea of how immense this rocket is if you've never seen the Saturn V. Awesome. it was an amazing time for the the whole world, July, 1969. Never to be repeated. Thank you for recreating this with such precision. Did you work for NASA at the VAB ?

Thanks!! Glad you like it!!
No...didn't work for NASA...I was only 3 when we landed on the moon!! LOL
But I did find some original drawings and layouts to work from, giving dimensions for gantry/ rocket positions on the platform.
Lots of photos helped also.

There is alot of detail that I started ( eg. gantry arm LOX and fuel lines) and the vertical lines to each floor on the gantry but originally was under a deadline to complete this. So it got scrapped.

I did get a chance to see the Saturn V....but it was back in 1978!!
( If i went there now....I would be getting kicked out....I would want to climb all over it to get more detail ) LOL

Glad you like it!!! and thanks again for the compliments

Actually the rocket stages are suspended from the ceiling, so you would not kicked out, unless you can jump really high. The first stage and the rocket exhausts are massive. Since Apollo ended at # 17, they had 2 extra rockets, 18 and 19 that never flew. They use one for the KSC display. In the 1990's I got to see some Space Shuttle launches. They were great to see but could not compare with the sheer force of the Saturn V. I could only watch that on a black and white Zenith TV.
I was 11 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I have been hooked on NASA ever since. I need to go back and visit the Space Center. There is a new Space Shuttle exhibit that is supposed to be spectacular.

The new Space Shuttle exhibit really was amazing. I visited the Kennedy Space Center last summer and the presentation leading up to the shuttle left everyone in the room speechless right before the applause erupted. It's unreal to see the Atlantis up close like that. I seems like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, but real life. What amazes me is how humans are able to make these giant wonders (which is why I'm studying to be an aerospace engineer!).

Now I have to go back and see it Good luck with the Aerospace Engineering. Great things await.

When I downloaded the zip files, all the file names were changed into incoherent jumbles of letters and numbers, is anyone else having this issue?

Jan 15, 2016 - Modified Jan 15, 2016
farscape1 - in reply to tobby540

I've forwarded this problem to Thingiverse to see if they can figure it out. I might have to delete all the parts and re-upload the files.

Until this is fixed... The scaled Solidworks parts files are over on GrabCad


If you download individual files instead of the "download all files" option it prints out the full name which matches up nicely with your excel file. I'd recommend printing in stages of build and download accordingly to individual folders, print, repeat. I'm up for the challenge and have multiple MakerBots running overnight, haha.

Love your tag.
Ka D'Argo

Jan 15, 2016 - Modified Jan 15, 2016
farscape1 - in reply to GuardianZX7

Paul aka
"John Crichton" LOL

This is...wow! You are a dedicated fan of NASA for sure. Great job. This must have taken a couple days just to load all of the STL files to Thingiverse.

Jan 15, 2016 - Modified Jan 15, 2016
farscape1 - in reply to danzca6

Thanks!!! Dedicated? No.....need to be committed?...most definitely!! LOL After I did the model of the Big Boy for Makerbot, I needed to do something bigger and badder than the locomotive. So....i decide had to do the biggest and baddest rocket ever made!!

Yes it did take a while to get this uploaded. As suggested by another designer, I'm going to try posting ZIP files to organize the files better by floor or stage.

Thanks again for the compliments and glad you like the model!!

if I find a printer large enough, do you think I could made a full life sized model and go to da mooooooooooooooooon?!

LOL I'm slowly working on a 1/35 scale print of the rocket....it will be over 10 1/2 feet tall when done!!!


It's probably quicker and easier and cheaper to buy a bunch of metal beams and a welder/grinder ;)

When I saw this on the home screen, I was like, dis is photoshop. Then I see it and i was like, holy @!#$! It is real! You are the grandmaster of grandmasters of 3d design and printing.

Thanks for the compliments!!! However...LOL,,,humbly I must decline the "grandmaster" title....for as good my work may be...I have seen some work from other designers here that makes my work look like child's play!!


How did you get that amazing detail? Where did you even start? Also the whole process took over 3200 hours. You deserve a platinum endurance medal.

The detail came from LOTS of photos, and research on the web to find any dimensioned drawings, blueprints,cut away drawings, even scale plastic models.....basically anything i could get my hands on.....short of going to Florida to see one of these monsters for real.

The funny part is....this project was right on the heels of another Epic project I did. The "Big Boy" that is here on Thingiverse, I did for Makerbot the year before. That project took about 800 hours to research and design...and another 1200 hours to print...plus over 200 hours to assemble.!!

Thanks again for the compliments!!

This is mind blowing, and I see it as a project in the near future. Before I even start to try to wrap my head around it, what is the largest required build area?? I would hate to start this then find out I needed to scale it down in order to print everything. Amazing work and thanks.

The largest build area is about 11in x 11in x 6in. If you have access to a Makerbot Z18...several of the Platform sections can be printed in one piece. ( However....I wouldn't recommend it... the build time for one of the larger blocks in 88 HOURS!!! )
I did redesign the platform pieces to be printed on a Rep 2 printer (6x6x11). The other large build areas are the 1st and 2nd outer tank wall...which are about 7 inches in diameter and about 8in tall.

If you can work with Solidworks parts files I have the full model also posted on GrabCad, where you could modify the parts better to fit your printer.

Thanks for you compliments !! Glad you enjoy this model!!

Unbelievable, very nice work.


Anyone have a rough idea on how much filament is needed, i am a bit low :p

Are you sitting down? LOL....I think I used about 12 to 14 rolls (2.2 lbs) of True Grey ! Most of the platform blocks I printed as one piece....some taking 88 hours to print.
True Red was 8-10 rolls
True White was about 8
Warm Grey 4
True Black 2-4
Army Green 2

I hope that helps!! LOL

Looks like it wouldn't be much more work to make an ACTUAL Saturn V

Not Much!! LOL
I think it took me just as long to build as the real one!! LOL

This is pretty much the most awesome thing i have ever seen.
great work!


This is a totally crazy and awesome project! Thanks for sharing.

You're Welcome!! Glad you enjoy it!

I love this! i have loved that rocket all my life! and now you can print it! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad I could help!! LOL


file name problem
does anyone have this problem not showing correctly

Yes...a couple of other designers have brought this to my attention. I've forwarded this to Thingiverse to see what can be done to fix it. This is apparently a recent problem.

If you can work with Solidworks files....I have this model posted on GrabCad as well


hello, I am amazed by the work that went into thiss project,
I'm having a hard time figuring out which pieces to use tho, and do the pieces really need to be this small and individual?
anyway, I hope you can perhaps make zip files of the seperate stages, so its easier to for example, finish a stage or an engine and put it on my desk.

I see you hanen't finished the thingiverse post yet, so i'll be looking forward to it!

Thanks for the compliments !!!

Thanks for the idea...I will try uploading ZIP files for each of the stages and sections of the platform.

The model has so many individual parts because i was try to make it look as accurate as possible and easier to print,..without using rafts and supports. It was easier to glue parts together, than sand and polish the parts.

If you can work with Soildworks files, I have this model also posted on GrabCad, where you can change the scale for desktop model.

Thanks again, I will try to get the ZIP files up here ASAP.

15th picture shows a lunar lander, I was wondering if this was something that could be put out separate from this build ?

Thanks, that sounds like a good idea.


Alright. You win!
This is amazing!
You are now and forever know as Yoda of the 3D world.

Nice work for sure. And truly a labor of love. I am in awe.

LOL !!! Thanks for the Compliments!!

Truly I'm honored to receive the high praise...but there is work by other designers just on this site, that I'm in awe of ...that make my work look like child's play!! LOL !!


Dude that is downright amazing that you built that!


It took a long time to design and print!


I love this. Nice work!



Superb! incredible work man!


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aaamaazzziiinnngg !!!

hi m8

look at you Saturn V Rocket and Gantry and
SATURN_V_PARTS_LIST.xlsx but got said part dont mach up right looking at PLATFORM seen 1.2.3. but ther rest im wher thay are

can you put name of the file in SATURN_V_PARTS_LIST.xlsx and how many to print and what colors there in

Thanks... I'll to go back and fix the parts list again. I must have posted the parts list before another designer found that several pieces of the platform were missing. I will get that fixed ASAP.

thanks you can what you print in abs or pla and i just download them and print will got up to 6ft or do i have resize them up

Thank you for the parts list. Big help.

Simply the most awesome thing on Thingiverse ever!

Thanks for the compliment! ...I am honored...but I see some of the other projects that other designers have done..and I'm in awe of their work.


Hi Paul,
Firstly, fantastic job. I'm in awe of your ability.
I've downloaded the files, but for some reason when I unzip the file names are indecipherable.
(e.g. 3903af848c3433e834f5346f4997fcf6.STL)
I've tried unzipping with various programs with no luck.
Am I missing something?


Thanks for the compliments!

I think file name problem is something on Thingiverse's end. I downloaded the ZIP file also....no luck either.

I'll see if Thingiverse can fix it.

But...if you can work with the Solidworks parts....I have this model also up on GrabCad, then you could convert the files to STL's.

Thanks Paul,
Good to know it wasn't something I was doing wrong.
Thanks also for the advice on using the Solidworks files.
I'm looking forward to making a start on this one. I've been looking for a long term project and this will be perfect.


Amazing project! I can´t imagine the time and effort that went into this...

I´m looking to print the F1 engines separately as a desk piece but I´m having difficulty looking up all the necessary parts for it. Do you have a parts list or any other directions I could use?

Thanks, and again kudos for the great work!


Jan 10, 2016 - Modified Jan 10, 2016
farscape1 - in reply to SteLeei

Thanks for the compliments!!! It really took a long time...research/design/draft took over 1500 hours and over 2000 hours to print.

I'm still working on the assembly instructions and full parts list....but I think this will help for the F1 engine. (Some of the parts like the Thrust Chamber appear to have 3 pieces...but its actually the part as a whole....and also split into more pieces for easier printing)

F1- Thrust Chamber - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
F1- Thrust Chamber - BOTTOM - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
F1- Thrust Chamber - TOP - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Fuel Inlet Structure - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Fuel Inlet Structure - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Fuel Inlet Structure - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Fuel Line - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Fuel Line - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Fuel Line - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Fuel Line 2 - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Fuel Line 2 - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Fuel Line 2 - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Fuel Line3 - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Fuel Line3 - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Fuel Line3 - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Fuel Pump - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Fuel Pump - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Fuel Pump - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Heat Exchanger - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Manifold Brace - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
MirrorManifold Brace - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Nozzle Adjust Bracket - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Line 1 - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Line 1 - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Line 1 - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Line 2 - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Line 2 - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Line 2 - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Pump - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Pump - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Oxidizer Pump - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Tank Coupler - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Turbine - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Turbine - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Turbine - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT
Turbine Exhaust Manifold - 1-35th SCALED-A.SLDPRT
Turbine Exhaust Manifold - 1-35th SCALED-B.SLDPRT
Turbine Exhaust Manifold - 1-35th SCALED-C.SLDPRT
Turbine Exhaust Manifold - 1-35th SCALED.SLDPRT

I will try to get the complete parts list up this week so the parts can be better organized !!

Again...thanks for the compliments and really glad you like this model!!

Wow! That´s a lot of parts! I´d better get printing then ;)

Thanks for the list, it will help me immensely. I´ll put up a picture of it when I´m done :)

Best regards,


Cool...looking forward to the pictures.

Also...I've uploaded the complete ( i hope) parts list as an Excel spreadsheet to help you organize the rest of the parts!!


Hmm, scale by x1.25 would make it a very convenient 1/48 scale. Could the crawler-transporter be next? And the Milkstool; and of course, an S1B to go on it.

The crawler is next on the list!!! I'm trying to finish the tender to go with the Big Boy locomotive I did last year for Makerbot. I'm working thru some ideas on how to make the crawler motorized!!

Sorry...after the crawler...,there won't be any more additions to this project.
I have a couple of other projects lined up to design...including the Cheyenne dropship from "Aliens" and a TIE fighter to compliment the work a friend is doing!!

If you want to scale it to 1/48...you can go to GrabCad and download the Solidworks parts.

I'm currently printing the F1 engines...at 1/35 scale....which...if i continue to print the rocket...it will be almost 11 feet tall.

Is there any possibility of some day doing the milk stool to go with the gantry so it could be used for a Saturn I?

Sorry...no....I'm working on a design for the crawler to go under the platform....working on ideas to make it motorized as well!!
After the crawler...I will be done with this project. I have other design projects already in the works.

As a suggestion, when printing the floor plates, put them together(if your printer has a big enough build plate) and group the parts as a single item. It makes alignment easier and looks better.

Thanks Boomer.... The base was originally supposed to be a total of 11 pieces....all done on a Z18. Many of the blocks were printed solid. A couple of the larger blocks took 88 hours to print. I actually wore some of the bearings out on the Z18 so I had to change the design to work on a Rep 2 and Z18 with less build time and material usage.

I think you've misplaced some of the platform parts. I can't find the top deck for block 4, or any parts of blocks 1-3.

THANK YOU !!! Sorry about the delay.
I have found the parts and uploaded the respective files now!! Also there I've uploaded a parts list.
If you find any other missing pieces...Please let me know so I can fix it.


As a work in progress...and...finally getting the ASSEMBLY instructions completed...I found some parts to the F1 engines were missing and now have been uploaded
The parts are:
LOX Dome
Manifold Brace
Mirror Manifold Brace
Tank Coupler

I am working on the Gantry now, reduced to 1/72 scale (.833% of the stl). I have level 30 and 60 done. It is going to initially go with my 1/72 scale paper card Saturn V, which someday will be replaced by yours.


Boomer46... I'm glad you found this project...and that it has helped you with your project!!! I'm working on the Assembly instructions now...but if you have any questions before I get them posted, please ask.


Holy mother of detail! This is incredible! Ill post back in 5 years when i'm done printing and building it lol. Seriously though. One of the finest most detailed models i have ever seen on thingiverse... My left leg for an instruction manual though. Any idea on when?

LOL !!! Thanks for the compliments....I'm glad you really like it!! Give me a couple of weeks and I will get the instructions and a parts list up here. I should have had it ready soon after I posted this project.....but I had to walk away from all this for a couple of months. I've been going full steam on this project and the "Big Boy locomotive" for the 2 years at night(after a full time job) and weekends.


Yeah work can get in the way a-lot. Well, you have a-lot of eager people here that really want to build your model (myself included). I just cant see doing this without a detailed instruction manual. Well... i can. But then i'd have to factor in the cost of brain surgery to repair the inevitable brain aneurysm. Will be keeping a close eye on this page. And again, thank you for all the hard work you have already put in, you're almost done!

Wow!!! Yours is so much more detailed than my old junker! (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:889546) :-) It's beautiful!

Saturn V Rocket

Thanks!! I had to put a lot of detail into this project. I had to make something more complex and detailed than my other Major project for a client!! www.thingiverse.com/thing:259005.

Now that it's getting closer to winter...I will have more time in doors to work on finishing the gantry assembly...and the lunar module as well. Also I will get back to work on printing and finalizing the drawings for the tender to go with the locomotive!!


4-8-8-4 Big Boy Locomotive

I am excited about this. You mentioned instructions and a list of materials. Do you know when those will be available?

I've been away from all projects for a couple of months. I needed some time off. I've been working on this project and my previous EPIC project (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:259005) for the last 2 years.!! LOL

I am hoping to get the parts list and instructions up by the end of the month!! Thanks!!

4-8-8-4 Big Boy Locomotive
Oct 10, 2015 - Modified Oct 10, 2015
Kpence73 - in reply to farscape1

Well the hard work definitely shows. It is a true thing of beauty. I am excited about printing this to display in my classroom.

I had an engineer from the Apollo program come speak to my class. I did not know it at the time I set it up but he was one of just a few engineers to train Aldren and Armstrong to pilot the LM.

Thanks for the compliments I am truly glad that this project will be seen and appreciated by others....and in your case....have a deeper connection.


They want me to print one of these to put on the hanger deck of the Yorktown, which as you probably recall picked up Apollo 8.

I printed it at 1/60th. If you can print it bigger you will have better results, especially with the lunar module. I had the landing gear for the lander cast in metal since they were so fragile.

I would love to see pics when you get it done.


Sep 21, 2015 - Modified Sep 21, 2015
sff - in reply to farscape1

We have a full sized mockup of the Apollo 8 command module on the hanger deck. I can see printing this 12-15ft high and putting it in glass next to the command module. I'll have to see what issues I'll have once you've got the instructions posted. I've got a Wanhao D5 and a D5S, both modified with supported rails and heated beds, so I have two printers capable of ~305x205x525, as well as an I3 and access to an old 350micron modified type A.

So 2000+ hours of printing shouldn't take 2000 hours. Of course a 12ft model will probably be 4000+ hours :)

This has to be, by far, the coolest thing to date on the Thingiverse. This will keep my Z18 occupied for at least the next two months.
Can't wait for the CAD files and instruction...
What kind of glue did you use for the PLA? I have no luck with CA glues.

Actually I used CA glue....but the one that I used is Slo-Zap and Zip Kicker available from Micro-Mark. It is a thicker CA and a flash kicker....Works great!!!!

The scaled Cad files are up on Grab Cad. Still working on the instructions....got side tracked on Phase 2 of the Big Boy Locomotive...trying to get the tender printed and those files available here!!!

I love this model and would love to be able to print it. However, my wife would probably stuff me in it and send me to the moon if I made it the full size you have. :) I was wondering how well do you think it would work if printed at 50%?

I did the original drawings at full scale. Then for the client and this project I scaled it down to 1/60th.

I had some problems printing some of the really fine pieces at this scale. The leg braces for the Lunar Lander are a little tough to print. But I do have the scale part files up on GrabCad where you could download the pieces and modify them to make them easier to print.

I've printed the Apollo LES, CSM, and Third Stage at 60%, which if my math is right, is 1/100th. That is the same size as my Estes Flying Saturn V. Prints well on my XYZ Davincie 1.0. Some of the smaller parts are the most difficult to print and may be more difficult at 50%. I plan to slowly build the rest of the Saturn V and then the LUTe, all at 60%.

That would put the rocket at a bit over 3 1/2 ft. I think that is doable. It was those smaller parts I had the most concern with. Thanks for the feedback.

This is the epic project that I have been working on since I completed the "4-8-8-4 Big Boy Locomotive" for Makerbot last year !!!
Many people are patiently waiting for me to post the parts and pictures of the tender that belongs with the Big Boy.....Now I will have a chance to complete it. The drawings are done....parts are being printed!! So the files will be up here in the next couple of months.

Stay tuned for more!!!

This looks epic. The Big Boy and the Saturn V are both special to me. My dad worked on both. I'm excited for these releases. Will you release CAD files along with tHe STL?

Yes...the cad files for both the Big Boy and the Saturn V will be available...hopefully in the the next month.
The cad files will be going up on GrabCad. I working on assembly instructions for the Saturn V and gantry....and working up the BOM.....which from what I calculated...the rocket project is almost 2100 pieces!!

The detail! This is epic. I see why this got in the way of the Big Boy tender..

Thanks....I'll trying to get the tender printed....So hopefully in a month or 2 I will have the STL files for it available also.

Your projects are awesome!! How bout a certain Firefly class cargo ship for your next Epic project ;)

Serenity will be an AWESOME project....but just not the next one. I'm currently working on the tender to add to the Big Boy Locomotive I did a couple of years ago for Makerbot. The next project I have in line is the Cheyenne drop ship from ALIENS!! A friend of mine is working on the APC...so I thought I should to the Cheyenne to go with his model. After that, Serenity could be done!!!

Right on man, I'm looking forward to your upcoming projects!