SpaceX Falcon 9R Lamp

A simple 1:60 scale SpaceX Falcon 9 LED Lamp

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A simple 1:60 scale SpaceX Falcon 9 LED Lamp

The SpaceX Falcon 9 autonomous landing is awe-inspiring. Who wouldn't want that captured in their living room? About a week before the finished product I started the planning phase of this lamp, searching for models, reference images, etc. I finally went with this model, full modeling credit to twuelfing on Thingiverse. Here I will detail the entire construction process, what to do, and what not to do.

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    3D Printing

    It’s going to be near impossible to make this model without a 3D printer, while it could certainly be done, I wouldn’t recommend it. I have included the .stl files I used below, using only a fraction of the files in the original Thingiverse post. Print four grid fins, four leg tips, four leg left halves, four leg right halves, one interstage, and one engine block. The file contains all of the .stl files for printing.

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    Non-Printable Parts

    You’ll need some schedule 40 2″ PVC for the main rocket body, preferably white PVC, unless you want to use more paint. For the main support you’ll need some 3/8in threaded steel rod. Leg supports use 1/8in steel rod, non-threaded. The landing barge is made up of 3/4in plywood. You will also need stencils, I simply printed (paper printer, not 3D) and hand cut the stencils with a box-blade. The print scale factor has been included in the title of each stencil image, for 8.5inX11in paper.

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    A 1 meter RGB LED strip is required, along with some header wires, a soldering iron, an Arduino of some sort, and a 470Ω resistor. Links will be provided in the Bill of Materials Section.

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buck2825 wrote 11/21/2020 at 22:40 point

what length is the PVC pipe, 1/8in rod, and 3/8 all thread?

i'm printing the grid fins now!!

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kaedenbrinkman wrote 09/21/2020 at 00:18 point

Amazing project! For printing the stencils on Windows, do you know how many pixels per inch you used? At 300 ppi they would be pretty small. 150?

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Sir Michael II wrote 09/21/2020 at 20:07 point

I think it was 300 ppi, can't remember for sure though. The droneship stencil scale isn't as important to have right, just go with what looks good. For the leg stencils just trace the actual 3D printed legs.

Edit: the picture isn't showing up, I'll post one in a second

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kaedenbrinkman wrote 09/21/2020 at 20:21 point

Ok. I think it was probably 150 pixels per inch - that was what worked best for me just now. Thanks for doing the hard part for us - this project is super cool!

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Sir Michael II wrote 09/21/2020 at 20:12 point

Updated droneship instructions with the rough print scale picture. Again, the droneship stencils aren't critical to have perfect, just whatever looks good.

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Tom Nardi wrote 09/15/2020 at 06:18 point

Absolutely gorgeous.

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Sir Michael II wrote 09/19/2020 at 04:56 point

Thanks! I put a lot of work into it.

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