Being a Trekkie with access to a 3D Printer, I just had to try my hand at designing my own rendition of the U.S.S. Enterprise and making a 3D print of it.  I used OpenSCAD to create a simple version of the Enterprise, exported the design into a STL file, and used the ReplicatorG software and a MakerBot Replicator to print the design. 

The printed Enterprise is 3.5" long, 2" wide, and 1" deep.  I used gold colored ABS filament to make the print.  The printed Enterprise and the OpenSCAD view of the model are shown in the attached photos.

I made this at TechShop.

Step 1: Materials, Tools, and Software

To make the Enterprise I used the following materials, tools, and software:

Materials: Tools:
  • The 3D printer I used was a MakerBot "Replicator" at TechShop.
  • A set of small hand cutting tools to remove excess support structure material from the model.  I used the "3D Printer Tool Kit A" from Octave Systems.  You could use an Xacto knife and dental tools as well.
  • A small pair of needle nose pliers also used to remove support structure material.
  • OpenSCAD - a script based free open source 3D modelling software.  You could also make the model with 3D modelling software like Autodesk Inventor.
  • ReplicatorG - free open source software for converting the output of OpenSCAD into the instructions used by a 3D printer.
<p>I guess if you print it upside down, you would have less waste, right?</p>
<p>Yes, less material would be used for the support structures.</p>
pretty new to everything 3d printed but i heard you can use acetone to smooth out the print lines...have you tried it before?
That's pretty sweet! You should enter this into the <a href="https://www.instructables.com/contest/holidaygifts2012">Holiday Gifts Contest</a>!
Bruce, another great model and excellent instructable.

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