Introduction: Light-Up 3D Printed Rocket Ship With Base

Welcome! In this Instructable I'm going to show you how to make a light-up 3D printed rocket ship!


3D Printer

Plastic for 3D Printer

1 2x4

3 5mm LEDs


9V Battery

10k Ω

Step 1: Create a 3-D Model

I recommend using a program like Autodesk Inventor to create the 3-D model. I also recommend creating the top and bottom separately.

Step 2: 3-D Print the Parts

Almost any 3-D printer will work for this. I used a MakerBot Replicator 2X for my iteration.

Step 3: Drill the Model

Use a drill bit that matches the diameter of your LEDs. I personally used a 15/64 size drill bit because I had 5mm LEDs.

Step 4: Solder the LEDs to a Resistor and a 9V Battery and Insert Them Into the Model

Using a soldering iron, solder your LEDs to a 9 volt battery and the appropriate resistor. Then, insert the LEDs and resistor into the holes you drilled into the model earlier, leaving the battery hanging out of the rocket. Don'

Step 5: Glue the Pieces of the Model Together

I suggest using either hot glue or rubber cement to glue the plastic pieces to one another.

Step 6: Cut the Base

Use a band saw to cut the base to the appropriate size. Then, if you want, use a drill press to drill a hole large enough for your 9-volt battery, but small enough that the rocket cannot fit inside.

Step 7: Finished!

And you're done building your 3D printed light-up rocket ship with base! Enjoy!