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An easy way to make a cool Rocket bookshelf using 123D Make and TechShop!. This tutorial only covers the creation of the file, not the actual how to cut out the Rocket. If you have access to a shopbot it couldnt be an easier task. Click here to find a ShopBot near you.

Step 1: 123d Make

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123d Make is a free product that Autodesk released recently. You can download for free from 123dapp.com , use your favorite design software or bank of models to get an .stl file and then open up 123d Make.

1) up to the upper left hand side click   File--> Open example-->Rocket. You can also import your own CAD file or browse the online Gallery that has ton's of models to pick from.

2) To toggle the view of your model use your right mouse button, to Zoom in and out use your scroll wheel.

3) Choose a Construction Option- for this project I choose to Radial slices.
 
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danmellow1 month ago

that is soo cool.. way too cool

yongeeks1 year ago
Beautiful. Good job!
fretted1 year ago
Been trying to get 123d to work on my computer but i'm afraid my pc is just to old to make it work it starts to open then for some reason shuts down and gives me an error message

This is a cool "Ible" great job too
andyoaryoga2 years ago
well. how much did you spend for that cutting machine ? and the program that compatible with it ?
platypus#12 years ago
This is so cool! My mom is a reading teacher so maybe I'll make her a book shelf for christmas or something. 5* this is AWESOME!
tinker2342 years ago
wow do you think this could be converted to pdf so some peoloe could print it out at a print shop
JesseHarringtonAu (author)  tinker2342 years ago
Yes!, I will get to that as soon as I am near the file again, you can also make your own by downloading the free 123d make and choosing to export PDF as opposed to eps.

tanks but i dont know if i would have the skills to do this i mean for pepole without the tools this looks like a dream
You could do this by hand if you wanted to. You could print the PDFs, lay them out on your boards, then go to town with a jigsaw. Or you could try a bandsaw for cleaner curves, but those are a little tougher to get a hold of. But either is easier to find than a ShopBot (unless you luck out and have a 100K garage or a TechShop near you.)

You may need to tweak the file a bit to do this by hand. Fiddle with 123D Make to create something that fits the limitations of your tools. It's definitely doable, and 123D Make will allow you to plan out joints that would otherwise be a nightmare for a lay woodworker.

How about this: try it. Make something using 123D Make. Use handtools. Document it. I'll hook you up with a year of pro membership, even if you fail. (Obviously try not to fail. Wood isn't free.) Just reply to this comment with a link to your project, and I'll set you up.

a band saw would be very limiting a lot of this is curved and with a band saw you always run the risk of catching the blade and stopping it. Jigsaw would probably be best
FrozenIce2 years ago
two words.... bad.....ass....
paqrat2 years ago
Beautiful project. Good instructable. I think it would make a great place for sci fi figures/collectibles.
alcurb2 years ago
Great project. Do you have photos of it populated with books? I'm trying to imagine what that would look like since the shelf spaces are wedge-shaped.
I can see it now- Space themed library.
carlbass2 years ago
Very nicely done!
RightShoe2 years ago
that is so cool
anode5052 years ago
How is this an instructable over a gallery?
Lubaaas2 years ago
This would be ideal to put your collection of Tintin albums in!
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/42/Tintin_cover_-_Destination_Moon.jpg
TheITSystem2 years ago
I would love to make this, but I wouldn't have anywhere to put one. If anyone in San Francisco (or near by) wants to team up and do this, I'd love to be in on the creation and assembly.
Jayefuu2 years ago
Wow that's stunning Jesse! Any plans to paint or stain it?
JesseHarringtonAu (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
Hi,

No plans but certainly could, you could also add LED's to the inside to see an inner glow or possibly add some tin strips to the outside making it even more Rocket like.

Thanks for the Kudos.

Jesse