Thursday, July 24, 2014

NASA provides 3-D printable models

Via io9, I see NASA has released 3-D printable models of several satellites, a couple of asteroids, and section of the Moon's surface: 3D Models - 3D printable. They have a disclaimer about some of these requiring tweaking by the user and the longest dimension is about 4".  I immediately hoped for models of rockets and rocket-related parts. On their main 3-D Models page, they have various rockets including Shuttles and Shuttle parts. While they eventually make them printable, at 4 inches these would only be suitable for desktop display. I wonder if CAD-enabled rocketeers could take these, scale them, cut them into parts that fit on their printer bases, and add the required motor and parachute holes? In any event, the Mercury capsules might be nice at 4" high: