Saturday, September 21, 2013

Off-the-shelf 3-D printed modroc parts

Via TRF, I found the Cespedesign Multimedia store hosted on the shapeways site. The site offers a wide range of printed fin cans and nose cones. Most of the items are of scale subjects but there are a few classic Estes cones. They are fairly pricey but are well detailed (see attached example). My main concern would be durability. I've only seen one launch report for a 3D printed rocket and its fins broke on landing. However, that was off a personal printer. Shapeways offers a wide range of raw materials so these may be more durable.
HV Arcas fin can, BT-55 diameter for 24mm motors