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3D Printed Star Trek Enterprise

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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.
 
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Step 1: Materials, Tools, and Software

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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.
Software:
  • 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.
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 Holiday Gifts Contest!
jschrempp1 year ago
Bruce, another great model and excellent instructable.
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