3D printed Deep Space Nine

During our preparations for the EUROMOLD 2013 faire, we printed the Deep Space Nine from Startrek. Since the 3D model was modified almost two years ago, it was a pleasure to print and assemble it at last.

The original model was downloaded from the google sketchup galery and converted to STL format. The model consisted of more than 1400 single objects and took some damage during the conversion, so I had to repair each part manually using Netfabb. After about 50 hours I finally got a printable model consisting of 44 parts.

d9-parts web

It was printed on a BetaPrusaV2 with a 0.25mm nozzle in green PLA with a layer thickness of 0.1mm.

Some of the parts were designed with screw holes which allowed to screw them together with M3 grub screws, but most parts were successively glued together.

ds9-diagonal web

The result is a 330mm diameter object with high level of details of the Deep Space Nine and surely an eye-catcher for our booth at the EUROMOLD 2013. The STL files are available on thingiverse.

ds9-side web


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This is the result of one fun project last weekend:


A friend of mine came spontaneously for a visit and incidentally found my toy helicopter in an assumed trash basket.
It was no trash basket at all, but the toy helicopter's hull was broken and also the rear rotor was missing.
But the rest seemed to work just fine. Even the batteries in the remote were charged.

Standing in front of me he asked, if I'd have some styrofoam, something to cut this and *some* tape.
5 minutes later we were busy exploiting the working inside of the helicopter.
The aim was building up a hovercraft frame using tape as lower border and even more tape to fix everything in place.

By cutting a huge hole in the middle and by placing the helicopter as low as possible on this frame we hoped to get enough air below the styrofoam plate.

The backside got a cardboard pane and ready to go.

All parts needed can be found on this picture:

The whole project needed one hour and the fun was lasting the whole weekend.

Some of you may ask themselves, what echinus.org might be: He's a one man army armed with a soldering gun and he designed maybe one of the best reprap electronics I've ever seen.

Greetings from the lake constance

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